Exercising your faith

May 2010 - Cover Story
by Sam Morton

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May 2010 - Cover Story

In his first epistle to the Corinthians, Paul wrote, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). But you need to be neither a biblical scholar nor a fitness expert to realize treating your body like a temple is much easier said than done. A recent survey from the National Center for Health Statistics finds that two-thirds of Americans are overweight, obese, or morbidly obese.

Social scientists present studies that Americans are heavier today because our physical exertion is far less than it was just decades ago. Working a tobacco farm in the 1960s burned more calories than sitting in a cube farm in 2010. Nutritionists also point out that today’s food supply — especially the way it’s processed with fat, trans fats, sugar, sodium, steroids, and antibiotics — has markedly changed, and not for the better.

Still, personal responsibility and self discipline might arguably be the two most important components of fitness and diet. Comedian James Gregory often jokes, “Fat people will do anything in the world to lose weight except quit eating.”

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