Are You An “Exercise Person?”

(hint: you are. 😊)

“For in him we live and move and exist.”— ‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I used to think that some people were just born to be exercise people. Lucky. So easy for them. And then there’s the rest of us, right?

I was most definitely not an exercise person. In school, I was the last person to finish the mile. I was curvy and overweight, and every single step was hard.

As a young mom, I was not one of those energetic yoga-pant-wearing types. I didn’t know what a lat pulldown was and was completely intimidated by gyms and the people in them. Perfect people. Thin, strong, confident people who knew stuff I didn’t and had really cute pants.

No, for me, exercise was not easy and not fun and I was not drawn to it. So I concluded: there must be exercise people and non-exercise people, right?

Wrong.

Okay, perhaps some folks do have a more natural inclination to go to the gym. But we were all created to move. All of us, including me and you. Consider these words from the Bible:

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”— Psalms‬ ‭139:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Yes, first he formed us. Every joint, muscle, tendon, organ, body system….all of it carefully and skillfully designed to work together. Modern science marvels at the mind-blowing complexity. It was very good:

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”— ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Did you hear that?! You are a masterpiece!Let’s just pause, sit back and enjoy that truth for a moment, especially you non-exercise people out there. Because if you are like me, you probably have plenty of days where you do not feel like a masterpiece! You are. You ARE, and God has good work for you to do with that body of yours.

When I began attending a Body & Soul Fitness class (nervously, in my not very cute pants) it was the first time I had ever heard the idea that exercise is for every body. I was also introduced to another idea: that exercise can be a form of worship. I remember one of my instructors saying that we exercise not so we look better, but so we can serve better. Wait, what? I thought exercise was to lose weight. Exercise was to be able to fit in my clothes. To make the doctor happy. Exercise was, well, just a dreaded, necessary obligation.

I was wrong, again. Yes, exercise does have many, many health benefits, but I soon learned that it is so much more. Exercise is a way to honor the Creator by taking care of his creation. I learned that I didn’t need to be an exercise person. I learned that I needed to exercise simply because I was a person.

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”— 1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Once I began to apply regular maintenance to this machine God lovingly put together, a lot changed. Slowly it became more efficient, my health improved, and exercise even became, dare I say….fun?

I became an exercise person!! Not exactly…I always was one. 😊 We all are. Even if you don’t feel like one. Even if you can only move a little bit right now. In fact, we have the great privilege of movement, even when we don’t feel very strong (and please allow me to emphasize here that it is truly a privilege that some do not have).

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”— 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So okay, now you know you’re an exercise person. Now what? Well, it’s time to get moving, and yes, you can do it. It will work better if you have some support in place. A class is good, or even one friend to spur you on.

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”— ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

If you have a Body & Soul class near you, I highly recommend it.

Whatever you choose to do, know and believe this: you are an exercise person. You are an intricate masterpiece. You were created with movement in mind, and you honor God when you live as he intended. You also have work to do, so strengthen that body to the best of your ability. It will never matter what you’re wearing or if you’re curvy or thin. You were made to move. You get to move. Now you know who you are.

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Paula Huss is a certified group fitness instructor with Body & Soul Fitness, and also serves as assistant Western Regional Director. She currently leads classes at Mt. Olive Ministries in Milpitas, CA, where her husband, John is Senior Pastor. They have three creative kids: Max, Gina, and Drew as well as two energetic rescue dogs. Paula is passionate about encouraging others to keep moving, eat well and enjoy healthy, renewing rest. She also loves to sing, and listen to crashing waves.

What’s your favorite Body & Soul song?

You know how music gets “stuck” in our minds—we wake up in the middle of the night and there it is playing in our head; we hum it unintentionally while cooking dinner or driving carpools. Sometimes it’s a tune we’ve heard over the loudspeakers in the store or at a restaurant and we wish it would go away. Has that ever happened to you?

On the other hand, what about the great music that we exercise to in Body & Soul? That is the music we want to have filling our minds! Do you have a current favorite song? Maybe you leave class humming the tune? Do you look it up so you can add it to your online playlist or purchase it in your iTunes as soon as you get the latest list in the new devotional booklet? (which, by the way, is included below)

We love the music of Body & Soul—it is infused with the mind-transforming power of God.We are changed as we listen to it and allow it to renew our minds as it says in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Check out this new song that we’ve just released—WaveWalker by Citizen Way—The message is focused on faith—being willing to ‘step out of the boat’ and walk on water, by faith, drawing closer and closer to the Lord just like the disciple Peter did. We hope it will inspire your faith, renew your mind and be your new favorite song!

More “Be Transformed” Music & Lyric Links

Songs Artists
WaveWalker (feat. Bart Millard) Citizen Way
Don’t Look Back Josh Wilson
My Feet Are on the Rock I Am They
Let It Go B-SHOC
Wildfire Bonray
Wherever I Go Dan Bremnes
Good Feeling Austin French
How Could I Be Silent Caitie Hurst
The Elements TobyMac
Everything TobyMac
I Just Need U TobyMac
Turn My Eyes Bonray
Gotta Live (feat. Jordan Feliz) Tedashii
Better for It Riley Clemmons
Never Let You Down (feat. Hunter and Tara) Hawk Nelson
Born Again Austin French
Love Me Like You (feat. nobigdyl) The Young Escape
Not Today Hillsong UNITED
Who Says? Joshua Micah
Life in the Death of Me Unspoken
Known Tauren Wells
Fight for Me (feat. Lecrae) GAWVI
Dairai Tembalami

To view the devotional for Be Transformed please click on the link below in Related Posts “2019 Be Transformed”.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org

“They say that people never change, but I don’t really feel that way. Everything’s redeemable. The God I know is capable, and this is a new day. It’s not what you’ve done; it’s what His love is doing. It’s not who you were; it’s who you are becoming… Hey, love has conquered all your shame. I know you’ve got things you regret, but your story isn’t over yet…Have you heard that he makes all things new. I believe that his love’s not done with you.”

God’s love is so big that it can rescue us and restore all of us. It is so wide that it reaches all around the world to each and every person. It is so patient that it waits for us, and so deep that it is never ending. God’s love changes people. It is a redeeming love that saves us from ourselves. It saves us from our doubts. It saves us from all that we have done wrong and gives us a chance to be transformed into a new person. What an amazing love it is! Words cannot describe the full scope of God’s love. It is a love that never gives up on us even when we are tempted to give up on ourselves. No matter what you have done that makes you feel unworthy of God’s love, his love will redeem you and rescue you. You may feel like you are “done,” but God’s love is never “done” with you. His love is everlasting. What a concept! Whatever you are going through, remember this—your story is not over yet, and God is with you, ready to wrap his loving arms around you if you will just run in His direction. Today make the decision to run towards Him, not away from Him. His love is waiting for you. Always.

Revelation 21:5“He who is seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down. For these words are trustworthy and true.”

Ephesians 3:17b, 18, 19a“…I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…”

Questions:Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by something you’ve done that you felt God could not love you? Can you believe that God’s love is so deep and so wide that he will love you despite anything you’ve done in the past, and transform you into a new person? If you are not sure, please read the information in the back of the Be Transformed devotional and reach out to someone in Body & Soul for guidance.

Prayer Power:Dear Lord, thank you that I can know that your love is never done with me. I can be sure that you love me in spite of anything I have done wrong. Thank you for your love that rescues me and redeems me, making me new. Amen.

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Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness. She and her husband Roy founded Body & Soul in 1981, and now Jeannie serves in a volunteer capacity. She is an author and speaker, who treasures first her role as wife, mother of three and grandmother of eight. She wrote the First Place 4 Health Bible Study “Make Every Day Your Best Day” and the book “Encouragement for the Body & the Soul.” She enjoys speaking on behalf of Body & Soul, sharing the message of faith & fitness.

Contact Jeannie at jeannie@bodyandsoul.org