Paul Madson

THOUGHTS, QUOTES & REFLECTIONS

Month: May 2020

The Many Benefits of Exercise

“Exercise has such a wide range of physical and mental benefits that, if it were a pill, it would undoubtedly be the most widely prescribed of all medications. It is amazing that, despite this evidence and the public’s apparent acceptance of the importance of physical activity, millions of American adults remain sedentary.”

Dr. Gregg D. Jacobs (Ph.D.)

Dr. Gregg D. Jacobs (Ph.D.) writes the following about the practical benefits of exercise…

“If sedentary adults would adopt a more physically active lifestyle, they would experience a wide array of physical and mental benefits, including:

  • Weight loss
  • Lessened anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Improved mood, energy, and a sense of well-being
  • Improved self-control
  • Improved health, longevity, and quality of life
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced pain and disability

Regular exercise enhances health by improving…

  • cardiovascular functioning,
  • bone density, and
  • immune functioning,
  • and by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol

People who are physically active are much less likely to suffer from…

  • coronary heart disease,
  • hypertension,
  • diabetes,
  • osteoporosis,
  • obesity,
  • back problems,
  • and colon cancer

Exercise also improves psychological functioning. Exercise is an outlet for the body’s excessive tension, providing a healthy way to release anger and anxiety.

Exercise has a tranquilizing effect that reduces anxiety more effectively than many anti-anxiety medications.

Studies have found that the tranquilizing effect follows within five to ten minutes of completing exercise and lasts for at least four hours.

Therefore, physically active people are less likely to develop mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.”

“Yes, I’ve had moments of euphoria known as the ‘runner’s high,’ and there are reams of scientific studies showing that running improves mood, alleviates depression and anxiety, and basically does every good thing for your brain short of removing it from your skull, giving it a wash and a blow dry, and putting it back in all toasty warm.”

– Peter Sagal
May 2017 issue of Runner’s World Magazine

John Piper writes in his book, When I Don’t Desire God

“The Bible has little to say about physical exercise, not because it’s not important for modern sedentary people, but mainly because, in the biblical world of walking and farming and manual labor, the lack of physical exercise was not a problem.

The call today is for spiritual wisdom based on biblical principles and contemporary medical knowledge.

The biblical principles would include the following:

  • Our bodies belong to Christ and are meant to glorify him (1 Cor. 6:19-20);
  • Laziness is wrong and self-destructive (Prov. 21:25);
  • Christians should be free from enslaving habits (1 Cor. 6:12);
  • Hard work is a virtue and brings rewards (2 Tim. 2:6);
  • Advance usually comes through affliction (Acts 14:22);
  • and all Christ-exalting efforts are to flow from faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ (Gal. 6:14).

‘No pain, no gain’ is an idea that could be documented from all over the Bible, especially the sacrifice of Christ.”

“$120 billion – the amount the United States would save annually in healthcare costs and related expenses if sedentary children began exercising every day.”

– May 27, 2017 issue of World Magazine

In the April 2017 issue of Christianity Today, Bradley Wright and David Carreon wrote…

“Research has found, for example, that people with more self-control…

  • live longer,
  • are happier,
  • get better grades,
  • are less depressed,
  • are more physically active,
  • have lower resting heart rates,
  • have less alcohol abuse,
  • have more stable emotions,
  • are more helpful to others,
  • get better jobs,
  • earn more money,
  • have better marriages,
  • are more faithful in marriage,
  • and sleep better at night.”

Moving our bodies regularly will benefit us in so many potentially profound ways.

So, whether you prefer to walk, hike, swim, bike or run… my encouragement is to get out and move regularly.

By way of encouragement, my dear 90-year-old mom gets out and walks a half mile to a mile (some of that is even uphill) almost every day 🙂

Bottom line: The more we get up, get out and move our bodies, the better we will be.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
(1 Cor. 10:31 ESV)

Quotes to Note: Part 2

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“To stay away from Christianity because part of the Bible’s teaching is offensive to you assumes that if there is a God, he wouldn’t have any views that upset you. Does that belief make sense?”
(Timothy Keller)

“Most of my sins are hidden. My friends think too well of me. My enemies think inaccurately of me. Only God knows. Good.”
(Ray Ortlund)

“Imagine a world without music. What a sad, sad place it would be.”
(Jackie Hill Perry)

“He has chosen not to heal me, but to hold me. The more intense the pain, the closer his embrace.”
(Joni Eareckson Tada – well-known author and speaker who has suffered from paralysis for over 50 years)

“The more spiritually alive and mature we are, the more we recognize how far short we fall of the glory of God. The closer we get to a mirror, the more clearly we perceive our imperfections. The mirror for Christians is Christ. Therefore, it should not surprise us that those who have known Him best have been most aware of their imperfections and most appreciative of His love and grace.”
(Tom Hovestol – from his book: Extreme Righteousness)

“God is a lot more patient with you than you are with you.”
(Bryan Loritts)

“Our blustering civilization has completely robbed us of a concentrated inner life, dragged our souls out into a bazaar, whether of commerce or of party politics.”
(Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

“Christians get very angry toward other Christians who sin differently than they do.”
(Philip Yancey)

“Married people – Don’t play with fire. You’re going to get burned. Jesus is better than everything. The grass isn’t greener on the other side. The grass is greener where the lawn is taken care of.”
(Derwin Gray)

“Don’t save up love like you’re going to retire on it; we’re rivers, not reservoirs.”
(Bob Goff)

“Reading one book well is far better than reading ten to check off your list.”
(Karen Swallow Prior)

“Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavors, even the best, will come to naught. Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever.”
(Timothy Keller)

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