To Sweat, to Ache, to Stretch (or Be Stretched): AKA Body Prayer

I sweat yesterday, a lot. And it only took twenty minutes . . . . twenty minutes on the elliptical machine at Snap Fitness.

Snap Fitness logoThat was before Sue arrived to orient me to the strength-building equipment. She explained 8 machines to me, and invited me to use each one, She also showed me a couple of exercises to build strength and improve balance, including something called “the log.”

I signed up for this. Truly I did.

I have several goals–lose those last 10-15 pounds, flatten my abdomen, build upper body strength, among them–but underlying it all is my desire to live a long and healthy life. Or at least to be healthy as long as I am alive.

I read recently about how some scientists now think the ancient biblical idea of the human life span–120 years–may be right. If I live to 120, that means another 53 years!! Woohoo!! I am ready.

Well, actually, I am not ready. I have lost 40 pounds over the past 18 months, but I am woefully out of shape. If I want to live a long time, I must take better care of myself.

I am a child of God. I am one of God’s own family, created in the image of God.

It’s time I started praying with my whole being, not just words and mental focus, but also praying my body. Body prayer means walking with Jonathan and Cocoa, and it means more vigorous cardiovascular exercise–pump up my heart rate–and it means strength training, too (even when it feels like torture).

Snap Fitness RichmondThis is not so much about looking good–though that won’t hurt–as it is about honoring this blessed vessel of God I call my body.

My insurance company pays for me to go to Snap Fitness, to keep their costs lower. Good for them.

I go because I want to deepen my relationship with God–going regularly to prayer service at Saint Snap Fitness is part of my spiritual life now–and because I want to live long and honor God with all of me.

Let us pray . . . .

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