Saturday, October 9, 2010
Stretching out Faith
My favorite class to teach, bar none, here in Costa Rica is my ladies exercise class. We get together every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to sweat our guts out in the hope of possibly burning enough calories to compensate for all the eating we've done on the days in between class in an attempt to lose weight and get healthy. I love my ladies. They are faithful, committed, and always willing to try any stretch or exercise I throw at them with a smile on their face (and usually laughing at the ridiculocity of it all!). Here's the thing about exercise. You have to stretch. Athletes know this fact very well. They lightly stretch before exercising and always stretch after. A good athlete knows that stetching increases muscle control, flexibility and range of motion to reduce injury and increase performance.There are many techniques for stretching in general, depending on which muscle group is being stretched. Each stretch is done at a specific point in the work out so as to maximize the benefits to the muscles. A good athlete also knows that stretching can be dangerous when performed incorrectly, that some techniques may be ineffective or detrimental, even to the point of causing permanent damage. After a good long workout, stretching can feel really good and relaxing. However, stretching still does not prevent muscles from being sore the next day.
1 Corinthians 9: 24-27
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run,
but only one gets the prize?
Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.
They do it to get a crown that will not last;
but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly;
I do not fight like a man beating the air.
No, I beat my body and make it my slave
so that after I have preached to others,
I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.