I HATE EXCERCISE!! So 1 Timothy 4:8a has always been a favorite ;). “Bodily exercise profitith little….” I liked it! But it goes on to say, “but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
As believers, our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. I take great care of what I put into my body by eating as clean as I can and not consuming things that were considered unclean in the Old Testament. Those things that were unfit to take into the temple building and therefore they don’t need to be in the new covenant temple of MY BODY!
So exercise would be a great way to take care of the temple too, right? Yes… as long as it doesn’t become an idol like anything else. But it has always been a chore. I’ve heard people say, “Oh, I love to run!” …really? You’d prefer that to a good book? Huh. Yeah, never could wrap my head around that. So I’ve managed my weight through food for the last 5 years.
Here and there my husband and I get a wild hair to get in shape and it lasts a day, maybe 2. He LIKES to ride a bike (again, say what?). We went on a 2-3 mile ride between getting married and having kids and it resulted in me being unable to straighten my leg afterward. I was in a car accident in high school that ground up my knee and I’m pretty sure the ER never got all of the glass out. It doesn’t hurt when the weather changes, but it does limit the activity I can be involved in. After that accident I became much less active. Up to that point I did sports because it kept me involved and had to be good for me (right…?). Even if I was the least coordinated, annoying teammate out there.
So, what’s this have to do with sitting on the floor?! When we decided to start sitting on the floor, it was going to be a good way to at least keep our joints moving more than by sitting on a couch. And the articles boasted core strengthening too! If I could do that with little effort while watching tv, why not?
After just the first day I felt like I was moving more in general and I noticed a big improvement in my posture. We had some friends over after about 3 weeks of it. We went for a hike (one form of exercise that I’m ok with as long as I don’t feel like I’m slowing others down) and took photos at our destination. It was looking at those photos that flipped my switch. I had to start exercising. That was my fat cow photo. Yea, most all of us have one of those somewhere. Especially post baby(s).
I started doing basic calisthenics the next day. In middle school they whipped us into shape between 10 laps and calisthenics so they had to help, right? Later that week I got my VIBRAM FIVEFINGERS! (Ebay steal!)
We have a treadmill in our basement that holds stuff…. Since my knee injury, I can’t ride a bike without major pain and I can’t run in shoes. I could run on the treadmill in socks or bare feet. The barefoot way tore up my feet, and the socked way always made me think I was going to slip and hit the concrete floor at any point. Thus, I rarely used the treadmill (Oh, and I hate running. Did I mention that?). I tried running after I’d had my Vibrams a week and my feet were fairly used to them. And my knee didn’t hurt… Coincidence?
So I thought, why not, we’ll try the bicycle too. That evening we went for just a 1 mile bike ride. I didn’t want to be writhing in pain if this didn’t work. It was certainly more physical than I’m used to but when we got home, my knee was fine. I didn’t want to trust that, so I waited until the next morning before I made the declaration that indeed, my knee DID NOT HURT! At all!
After thinking about the activity I’d been doing, it was odd that my knee had NOT been bothering me at all. When was the last time that it had hurt? Hmmm… The first week of sitting on the floor…
LIGHT BULB! Getting up from the floor multiple times a day and sitting cross legged on the floor (naturally stretching it) did make it hurt that first 7 days. But not since. Sitting on the floor had strengthened what had been a huge hindrance for many years!!
Am I ready to run a marathon? No.
Do I want to? Really? Serious question? *eye roll* Could my knee handle it? I think it could!
Further driving home my original point of ‘bodily exercise profitih little’. Simply sit on the floor to improve strength and posture. God didn’t make chairs. Us lazy bones did! But I will continue to exercise whether I like it or not to take care of this temporary temple God gave me. And so I can climb mountains with my boys in a few years!