4 Reasons Why Everyone Should Exercise

So, should EVERYONE really exercise?  I say a resounding YES!!!  If you have been teetering on the fence, wondering if exercise is all it’s cracked up to be, this post is for you!  If you are hitting and missing (with more misses than hits:)  with exercise, you should definitely keep reading!

What is the big deal about exercise?  Well there are probably more than 100 reasons why you should exercise, but here are the 4 biggest reasons that I personally choose to exercise:

  1. Taking care of your body through exercise is good stewardship.  “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.” -I Corinthians 6:19-20
  2. Exercise is one of the best ways to increase your personal discipline. I used to skip exercise on days I felt least like exercising. Now I know that those are the days when I need it the most. For me, choosing to get up and exercise EVERY morning (except Sunday) has been a powerful way to practice discipline, and goodness knows I needed that!
  3. Working out regularly will prepare you for a variety of life situations.  Strength training helps me be able to lift heavy things more easily at home and at work.  Running and leg workouts enable me to keep up with my brothers when we go hiking.  For women, various types of exercise will prepare our bodies for pregnancy + childbirth.  Mammas who exercise are better equipped to carry heavy toddlers and play tag with their kids.
  4. Regular exercise helps with weight control.  If you need to lose weight or are concerned with maintaining a healthy weight, exercise is key!  Some studies have even shown that exercise can even suppress appetite. I have definitely found that exercise helps me not only to eat moderately, but also to make healthier choices. I mean, who wants to totally reverse the good effects of their morning workout by indulging in a mid morning snack of ice-cream?  Not I!

What do you think?  What are some benefits you find from exercise?  If you are wanting to start, what steps do you plan to take to make exercise a regular part of you life?

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  1. Allison, I’ve committed to consistent exercise this year and it’s made me feel so much better! But I would love to see a post on how to keep up with this on the road (e.g. a schedule that looks different every day). At home I schedule it into my morning, but on the road there is no routine. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

    1. Julia, that is fantastic! It is certainly a challenge to exercise on the road. I am still figuring that one out, but I am planning to do a post about it at some point while I am on tour this summer.:)

  2. Thanks!

    I find that doing planks really helps with core-strengthening. It sounds like a daunting exercise but when you start for a short amount of time {and have something special that you listen to only while doing them!} and then slowly lengthening the time, it helps me to feel better overall and also to stand straighter and sit straighter. Or, if that sounds boring, we also have {when there’s no snow!} a slack line between two trees that makes core-strengthening much funner, and a good way to get curious kids involved, too. Only we didn’t buy an official slack line … my farmer dad just used a ratchet strap! 😉
    Keep walking with the Lord and with Jesus in my heart, one day we will be meet at Home!
    Amy in NY

    1. A little further thought …

      I think having a friend – either around the corner or across the continent – who is likeminded with exercising is good as well because I’ve found that being held accountable in a way is motivating. 🙂

      Amy in NY.

  3. 7) But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
    8) For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
    I Timothy 4:7-8

    Just wonder what is your opinion could God call someone to run; who hates running? I ask as I should have peace with God, but hate running and even after accepting Christ as my Redeemer; when I ask God in prayer in the Name of Jesus for a great need; I think He telling me, I need to run.

    Yet to say I loathe running is an understatement. I feel this may be affecting any type of godliness that I need to exercising.

    1. James-
      “For bodily exercise profiteth little” is certainly a reminder that exercise should not be an obsession or the main focus of our lives; however, as the verse says, physical exercise DOES PROFIT. It is useful, and I believe that doing something ones dislikes, but knows to be a good discipline (like running) and good stewardship of the temple God has given us (our bodies) can help to build endurance and discipline in other areas of life. Cheers to you as you (maybe) start running!

  4. I just found your blog and I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts!
    Thank you so much for this post, Allison!!
    Keep up the good work!


  5. (Ahh, I’m so excited about your new blog!) On #3, oh man, some of my favorite exercise is being with kiddos…talk about the cutest weight-lifting! Eek, I may be guilty about “justifying” indulging in a sweet after exercising on #4…so this is a good reminder! Loving acai smoothies recently as an alternative!

    1. Aww, thanks EB! YES!!! Kiddos are great exercise.:) Acai smoothies sound delicious. Smoothies are one of my post-workout go-tos.:)

  6. Love love love! Amazing {+ SO true} reasons to stay motivated. Some people may not LOVE exercising initially or naturally {I do} but still having that self-discipline is so important. And YAY to keeping up w/ the brothers!!:)

  7. I totally agree with you, Allison!! I run a lot! Not only is it fun but it helps me gain physical and spiritual strength. The Bible even talks about the Christian journey as a race.

    Keep up the awesome posts!

    – Lilly Shyree (alillyingodsgarden.blogspot.com)

  8. I enjoyed your post. In addition to what you have listed I enjoy exercising for the health benefits. Do you have a certain exercise routine you follow?

    1. There are certainly SO many health benefits of exercising! Be watching for a post about some of my favorite exercise routines coming soon!

  9. Thanks for sharing these great reasons, Allison. I’ve been thinking about some of these very reasons recently, in an effort to motivate myself to get moving. What does your exercise routine look like on a daily basis?

    1. You’re so welcome, Stacy! Cheers to your exercise! I will try to do a post about my workout routine soon. It is constantly changing, as I don’t like same-same.:)

  10. Hey Allison,
    Thanks for this post! 🙂 I kind of have a love-hate relationship with exercising…, but it is something I need to be consistent with. I love your 4 reasons why we should exercise. They are simple, but so true! Do you have any good indoor workouts? I had been doing bike rides with my Daddy for a few weeks, but then the weather got rainy, and then it been snowing for almost a week now! 🙂 Also, how do you exercise when you are traveling? As you know, we also travel (although not NEAR as much as you!:) ), and with a busy schedule and staying in other people’s homes, it can be hard to find time or ways to exercise. Any suggestions? Thanks again! You are such a joyful blessing to me!

    1. Hey Abigail! I’m glad you were encouraged to exercise more! Exercising while traveling is definitely a challenge, but it can be done. I honestly think that creativity + discipline are the two biggest factors to making exercise happen on the road. If we are in a nice area, I go on runs, and there is the option to do workout in the bus or outside wherever we are parked, too. I may go into more detail on this in a future post, if you would like!

  11. Thanks so much for sharing, Allison!! I’ve been wanting to start exercising regularly, I just need to get myself worked into a schedule where I’ll remember to do it. You’ve motivated me to get serious about getting started! 🙂

  12. Love this post btw u making feel bad because I don’t workout or exercise like I should at all life with having chronic pain and celebral palsy etc is very hard and I’m lazy to be honest an it would be awesome if u could help me out with exercising and working out I do eat healthy thou but i eat a lot junk to so if u could plz help me I would highly appreciate it????? 😍😘☺️☺️👊🏻🏋🏻‍♀️✅ lov u awesome post if u cloud do a post on ur workout and exercise an eating plan that would be wonderful????? Plz reply back thanks thanks for posting this

    1. Hi Ashley! I am convinced that in every unique situation it can take alot of hard work, but it’s worth it to exercise! Maybe you could find some exercises online or with a therapist or doctor that would be safe and helpful for your pain. As to eating, remember that everything you choose to eat is just that- a choice! Every healthy choice is a good decision!
      blessings to you!

  13. Allison, thanks for being willing to talk about the everyday type of things that every girl should be doing to the glory of God. I don’t make as much time for exercise as I should…thanks for the encouragement from Scripture to keep it up 🙂

  14. Yes, yes, and yes! Totally agree with these points. Another reason why I love daily exercise is how GOOD it makes me feel physically…there is something incredibly satisfying about pushing oneself, growing one’s limits of endurance, and determining to keep going through the burn because it’s so worth it in the end. Painful in the moment, but oh so refreshing later!! 🙂

    1. Amen! I couldn’t agree more! No one ever said, “I really regret that run or workout!”. It is always worth it in the end, especially on the extra challenging days!

  15. Ahhh, love this!!!! SO GOOD!!! I feel guilty when skipping exercising/working out! My life motto-no work…no food.
    Thanks for stepping up and sharing this!
    Love n hugs!

  16. Allison, I agree 100% with you! I used to be an avid runner and ran a full marathon only 2 yrs ago. After having my 5th baby, I started having quite a few health problems and the weight piled on and my desire to run anymore dropped. I really need to just get out there and get back on it!! Thank you for your encouraging posts!!

    1. I’m so glad to hear you were encouraged, Shannon- praise the Lord! Exercise is definitely a choice that takes discipline and isn’t always easy. Blessings as you work on it with all the littles. I know it is a big challenge in the stage of life you’re in!

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