Newton's 1st law of motion states: "An object at rest remains at rest, and an object in motion remains in motion at constant speed and in a straight line unless acted on by an unbalanced force."
God created man with a similar law for his being. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 24:5 about a man, A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
And in Proverbs 31:17 about a woman, She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. And Isaiah declared a promise in chapter 40 verse 31, But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
The apostle Paul made a sobering statement in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
We are to be the temple of the Holy Spirit, that He may dwell in us! How do we care for our temples?
As Paul puts it in 1 Corinthians 10:31 ...whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Does it appear that these people are bringing glory to God? Thankfully we can tell that these are staged pictures so we know that they were meant to convey a lesson of what not to do.
The book Ministry of Healing declares to us what the law of our being really is:
Action is a law of our being. Every organ of the body has its appointed work, upon the performance of which its development and strength depend. The normal action of all the organs gives strength and vigor, while the tendency of disuse is toward decay and death. Bind up an arm, even for a few weeks, then free it from its bands, and you will see that it is weaker than the one you have been using moderately during the same time. Inactivity produces the same effect upon the whole muscular system. MH 237.3
Inactivity is a fruitful cause of disease. Exercise quickens and equalizes the circulation of the blood, but in idleness the blood does not circulate freely, and the changes in it, so necessary to life and health, do not take place. The skin, too, becomes inactive. Impurities are not expelled as they would be if the circulation had been quickened by vigorous exercise, the skin kept in a healthy condition, and the lungs fed with plenty of pure, fresh air. This state of the system throws a double burden on the excretory organs, and disease is the result. MH 238.1
In those two quotes are given the effects of disuse and exercise. There are consequences for both. It is our choice to receive the negative impact of neglect to our bodies or positive benefits of using them.
Movement causes equalization of our blood flow or circulation which helps to produce the human growth hormone (HGH). Oscar Sande a clinical nutritionist from Australia, describes in one of his presentations how many movie stars pay thousands of dollars to have this HGH injected into their bodies so that they will look good and appear younger than they are. But exercise can have the same affect on our bodies. It reaches from bones to the skin.
He asks, Why do so many people have arthritis in the tips of their fingers and toes? Because of poor circulation. All the leftovers of uric acid and other waste build up on the joints and the blood never reaches them at a strength necessary to clean it up. The heart is not pumping with enough strength because we haven't been moving enough. The lymphatic system in our bodies is like tunnels with gates, and those gates don't open up unless you move. The law of our bodies is action.
This begs the question, what type of exercise should we do, and for how long? There are different levels of exercise, inactivity or no exercise, moderate exercise and vigorous exercise. Dr. Michael Greger recommends 1 serving of 40 minutes of vigorous exercise daily or 90 minutes of moderate exercise daily.
Moderate exercise is for example: gardening, bicycling, canoeing, housework, hiking, fencing, jumping on a trampoline, tennis (doubles), walking briskly (about 4 miles and hour) etc.
Vigorous exercise may include: circuit weight training, jogging, jumping jacks, jumping rope, pushups and pullups, rock climbing, step aerobics, swimming laps, etc. (gardening can fit here too, depending on what you are doing in the garden).
Oscar Sande recommends exercise that would be a bit more vigorous and should include the following elements, aerobics (or elevating your heart rate), strengthening and flexibility. Flexibility is vital, he says. When you actually look at a baby, you know what a baby does, I saw it in my children. They will grab the toes, get it up at this level and start sucking the toes. They're very flexible aren't they. Flexibility is a sign of youth.
Uchee Pines, a lifestyle center in Alabama, has a care sheet explaining what should happen during an exercise session.
In order to get cardiovascular training effect, 15-30 minutes of vigorous exercise, without stopping is required. During this exercise period, one should have a few minutes, perhaps 2-5 minutes to warm up, after which one should exercise sufficiently to increase the pulse rate to about 2/3 his maximum heart rate, and maintain the pulse at this high level for 15-30 minutes. A rule of thumb in determining the predicted maximum heart rate is to subtract your age from 220. For example, the predicted maximum heart rate for a thirty-year-old would be 190. Two-thirds of this figure would give about 127, which is the approximate exercise pulse level to aim for. After the exercise period, a “cooling down” is advisable. Most deaths that have been reported from heavy exercise have occurred immediately after stopping the exercise where the subject promptly sat down or laid down to rest. A cooling down period will prevent the sudden congestion of the heart and lungs that occurs from abruptly becoming immobile after ceasing heavy exercise.
Do you on a daily basis break the law of your being, through lack of activity? As we continue through life, let us frequent that proverbial fountain of youth, and partake of the life renewing waters of exercise that we may enhance the quality of our lives, and more importantly give glory to God.
**These are beneficial health suggestions. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This is not a substitute for speaking with your health professional.