The Key to Your Fitness Turn Around

Warm weather is here and you’ve just renewed your commitment to your health—“This time I am really going to stay committed,” you say. Today, I want to give you the key to your fitness turnaround: commitment.

What is commitment?  Webster’s dictionary defines it as, “the state of being obligated or emotionally impelled.” We commit every day to our daily devotionals, our families or our jobs. Why then, is it so difficult for Christians to be committed to an exercise program?

If we would take the same discipline that we use everyday to read and study the Word, and apply it to taking care of ourselves, our fitness goals would fall into place. However, we often find reasons to “put it off one more day.”  Can you imagine if Jesus “put off for one more day” our salvation? We would be up the creek without a paddle for sure!

As Christians, we have to realize that commitment should be secon- nature in our walk with God as well as in physical fitness. We must commit to taking care of the temple in which the Holy Spirit dwells. 1 Corinthians 6:19 states, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you, who was given to you from God?  You do not belong to yourself.”  Taking care of our bodies is also taking care of the place where the Holy Spirit resides! What a responsibility.

So, I urge you to make a commitment for health and fitness! It does not mean that you have to workout every day for five hours. It does mean finding something you like (this is important) and doing it at least twice a week for at least 20-30 minutes. You can do it. It just takes the first step.

Remember, Philippians 3:12, “I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But, Christ has taken hold of me. So, I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize.”

Start your commitment today with this workout you can do at home:

  • Start with a light stretch to warm up.
  • Squat for a set of 25.
  • 15 push ups
  • Squat for another set of 25
  • 15 push ups
  • Hold a plank for 30 or 60 seconds
  • Jog in place for 1-2 minutes
  • 20 squat-jumps
  • Jog in place for another 1-2 minutes
  • Finish with a light cool down.

* You can either take away or add onto the difficulty of this workout by adding reps and/or minutes, or by taking away reps and/or reps. You are in control!

About the Author

Shellie Blanks-Cimarosti

Daughter of Tae Bo fitness creator, BIlly Banks, world karate champion and Tae Bo fitness expert. She has travelled the world with her father spreading the message of Tae Bo fitness and appears in all of the Tae Bo fitness DVD’s. She lives and teaches in Franklin, TN, with her husband and their two boys. They fellowship at the Oasis Church in Nashville, TN.