The ten components of fitness as defined by Dynamax are:
As you look at the listed items, can you identify at least three of these fitness attributes in your own life? Don’t be alarmed if you can’t! Most people only equate physical fitness with having big defined muscles or the cardio and stamina levels to compete in an Iron Man competition. My favorite types of clients are actually what I call, “DMOs” (Display Model Only). Their bodies look great on the outside, but underneath all the fancy hardware is a broken engine in need of an overhaul. I can spot DMOs easily because I used to be one. It wasn’t until my methodology on fitness was tested that I realized the futility of my efforts to get fit. Your exercise program and the way you eat and drink all play a role in your level of fitness. It is my desire to see you balanced in each of the ten areas listed above; however, God has His own definition of fitness and how it relates to your life.
Your exercise program and the way you eat and drink all play a role in your level of fitness.
First Timothy 4:8 in The Message translation says,
Exercise daily in God – no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart.
There are four keys I want you to meditate on from this verse:
- Exercise daily in God. Set aside time every day this week to spend time cultivating your relationship with Jesus. Not just on Sunday and mid-week Bible study, but daily seek the face of God.
- Workouts are useful. Now, if someone ever asks you if the Bible mentions anything about working out, you can answer with a yes! Don’t think the workout can only be done in the gym though. Walk around your subdivision, sign up for swim lessons, or rent a bike for a trail ride. Your body will benefit greatly from a useful workout.
- Live a life of discipline. Don’t let anything interrupt the time you’ve set aside each day for God. Stay committed to the schedule you have in place and don’t allow the issues of life to get you off track.
- Take it to heart. When God says something in His Word that is a benefit to you, don’t hesitate to take action. His words, when put to use will keep you fit today and tomorrow.
God knows the true character of every man, for he knows the thoughts and intents of the heart and sees through every one of our disguises. It’s easy to put up a facade with our family, friends, and coworkers, and other Believers; however, nothing gets past God. We tend to allow our physical makeup to be our disguise without recognizing it as such. When was the last time you challenged yourself physically? How long have you been hiding behind the mask of excess weight, poor eating habits, and a lack of physical activity? If you stood before God today and He put you through His battery of tests, would you pass?
Psalms 26:2 in The Message says, “Examine me, God, from head to foot, order your battery of tests. Make sure I’m fit inside and out.” No more excuses! The new you, the FIT man or woman God created you to be, starts today! I want you to look in the mirror and say out loud to yourself, I AM FIT, INSIDE AND OUT! Regardless of how I feel, I AM FIT, INSIDE AND OUT! Regardless of how I look, I AM FIT, INSIDE AND OUT!