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What’s Your Motivation for Taking Care of Your Body?

After having worked as a personal trainer for almost 12 years, I still come across some people who ask, “It seems somewhat superficial to build a career around looking good. As a Christian woman, why would you choose a field that focuses so much on aesthetics?”

That’s a great question. My response is always this: “My body is not mine. I was created by God. I find satisfaction in keeping my body in good health and strength to honor Him. The Bible teaches us that our body belongs to God. So, we must take good care of our body and use it for His purpose. “

Social media, magazines and movies all glorify images of perfect looking bodies. People make a big effort, spending lots of time and money to look a certain way. Why is this so important? Does looking good make us feel better or happier, or is there more to it than that.

Some questions to consider:

What is God’s purpose for your body?

How do you think about your health? What does it mean to you?

How do you prioritize your bodily health? How important is living a healthy, active lifestyle to you? Why?

Do you have a unique personal philosophy or motivation regarding health that you can share with us?

How do you keep away from overeating and generally overindulging?

Please share your thoughts below.

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Bill Lay
Bill Lay
1 month ago

I find Cathy’s statement to be very inspiring. I would like to adopt it as a way of looking at training.
I find satisfaction in challenging myself through training, particularly in running. (I call it running.) I am training for a half marathon on June 27, so I ran 11 miles on Saturday. There are stages of the mental activity, as one moves through a 2-hour run. There are also uphill stretches, and downhill, etc. I believe running allows me to approach life tasks more calmly and with confidence, and persevere. I also get a lot of inspirations during running.
I find that barre and yoga classes clear my mind from distracting thought. Barre is really hard and I am intimidated by each class, but experience satisfaction upon completion. Also, Taeko and I do the classes together.

James Edgerly
James Edgerly
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Reply to  Bill Lay
1 month ago

I wonder what happens that causes those inspirations to come during exercize (especially running!). At almost seems like we were designed to receive a reward, in the form of inspiration, from the pain & suffering experienced while exercising. There must be a chemical involved? The pain while exercising experienced by the older generation is much greater than that experienced by the younger generation. So, I expect the inspiration the older generation receives must therefore be much more powerful! Here (attached) is a photo of an older generation athlete (me) suffering much more than the younger generation athlete (Cathy), under the same competitive condtions (Spartan Sprint @ Fenway Park). But for some reason, the younger generation athlete looks to be the MORE inspired of the two. It doesn’t seem fair… On a serious note, my struggle with exercise is that it takes so much time out of the day. I think… Read more »

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James Edgerly
James Edgerly
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Reply to  Ms. Catherine Kace
1 month ago

Those two areas of your advice are very helpful to me.

1) Stretching + light exercise, that sound more like what I should be doing. I tend to always feel I need to punish myself when I work out. Perhaps I retain that from my Crossfit days. I think I need to get far away from that .

2) Yes, I need to change my motivation for taking time for exercise. It is definately better for those around me if I stay fit and confident in my physical well being. It is particularly beneficial for my wife. I can see this as reasonable application of the principle of “Living for the Sake of Others.”

Thanks Coach.

Chris Noble
Chris Noble
1 month ago

I agree with the previous comments that maintaining fitness allows people to engage in strenuous activities that are also enjoyable. That seems to be the majority, with a minority who do it mostly for their appearance. Most people, especially as they age, also consider that staying fit reduces the chance of illness and of an early death. All good reasons to stay fit. Yet some don’t maintain their fitness. Is it because they don’t find any of these reasons compelling? Or don’t have the self-discipline? Or other reasons?

Chris Noble
Chris Noble
Reply to  Ms. Catherine Kace
1 month ago

I have not observed that “making time to exercise” is the biggest hurdle. Of course, exercise takes time, but we all have the same 24 hours in the day; and the busiest and most productive people are often also fit. Rather, it seems to me that poverty plays a big role: poor people have bigger challenges every day in maintaining a healthy lifestyle than do the rich. Culture also seems to play a role — the importance of being fit varies culturally, as does self-discipline.Traveling all over the world, it is striking to see the differences in obesity from one culture to another.

James Edgerly
James Edgerly
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4 months ago

My biggest motivation to take care of my body is so that I can do adventurous and skillful out-of-door activities successfully and without getting injured. The better shape I am in, the more agressive and confident and I can be in doing my out-of-doors adventures. The outdoor activities (skiing, surfing, biking, hiking, whitewater paddleboarding) are an important source of inspiration in my life. The more fit I am, the more inspired an experience I can have in the out-of-doors. Ultimately, the question is, why is engergetic outdoor activity a source of inspiration? Why do I want to stay fit so I can do it well? I think it is because a life giving spirtual energy is received during those experiences. Perhaps that is an experience of God? Perhaps one of the reasons God gave us a body and wants us to take care of our body is so that He… Read more »

Rob Sayre
Rob Sayre
4 months ago

The reason I did not ever smoke was due to my High School gymnastics coach. He had one simple rule, his first warning was, “there is no smoking on my team.” The second rule, was “if you are caught you are off the team.” I missed that time period when kids started and just never did. Thank you coach!

We only haver one body, so we should take care of it. It allows us to live, to fulfill everything we want to achieve and without our health, we are burden upon our family and society.

My wife and I have practiced tai-chi for 11 years now. Slow, continuous movement, stretching and balance was taught and practiced. It is especially important as we age, as balance, strength and the ability to move becomes more important. This is, hiking, gardening and soon biking are our main ways to stay healthy.

CAROL D POBANZ
CAROL D POBANZ
4 months ago

you know it’s funny …I had an insight about this after having a grandchild. Whenever I babysit I dress not for myself but for the baby…I choose the colors he likes and even buy earrings that will make him happy. The first thing he does when he sees me is checks out my earrings observing the colors and the design…first one ear and then the other. I dress to make the one I love happy which in turn makes me happy.

John Hessell
John Hessell
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4 months ago

Hi Cathy. I also believe that my body was created by God, and I want to honor the ideal that it was intended for. Since I enjoy sports, I focus more on performance than looks. For example, I did not smoke as a teenager because it would affect my lungs, and reduce my ability to hold my breath going under the waves when I was surfing. Now I try and exercise in order to live longer!

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