"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Proof is in the Physical!

"I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified"  1 Corinthians 9:27
It was that time of year again yesterday ....... the annual physical.  Since turning 35, I have "treated" myself to this regular check-up.  A peak under the hood just to make sure that nothing unexpected has developed while turning a year older.  I do actually look forward to it and enjoy using the results as baseline measures to "beat" the following year.  My own little cholesterol challenge!

Why do I mention this visit in a RWH blog? Well, because I am a living testimony (as if further proof was necessary) of the direct impact that a decent diet and regular exercise can have on our health.  Not an opinion or hunch, but actual empirical data on this correlation. I mean if this past year didn't impact the results then I would resign myself to being a slave to genetics.  Think about it, it's been a record year for this little running hobby.  Nearly 1,500 miles logged and 24 weeks of 5 day training. As to diet, despite my regular Krispy Kreme reward, I did try to be good around calorie intake and have actually cut back on the greasy fried variety quite a bit.  So, like I said, if I wasn't any healthier this year, then I was heading straight to Sonic for a double burger and an order of onion rings!

The Results:  Since the inactivity period of 2008 (back issues), the blood pressure has dropped from the 128 / 80 range to today's 104 / 70.  Resting pulse rate has dropped from mid 70's to 52 bpm.  Cholesterol from the 200+ range to 165.  Weight from 225 to 198. And, best of all, after the Dr. reviewed the EKG treadmill results he commented, "these are runner results, are you a runner?" Talk about walking, .. er .. , running out of the clinic on cloud 9!

The Bottom Line: I wrote this not to make public my medical records, but to encourage everyone to keep working on the exercise and diet - it works!  Trust me, if I can reach these levels anyone can! The thing is, I can't even describe the impact on sleep or overall energy that has occurred.

In closing, I do realize that I am very blessed with today's wellness. I also realize that there are many conditions that remain hidden, only to come out at life's most inopportune time (could be a terminal condition or a runaway truck).  That time could easily be tomorrow. Also, it's important that we reflect on 1 Tim 4:8, as a caution to obsessing with physical fitness over godliness. But where we can control the level of fitness and activity, we owe it to ourselves to make it happen.  You and I can definitely do it.  In fact, we can even have a few doughnuts, in moderation, and continue to motivate each other in this pursuit.

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