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Resting – God’s Design for Our Exercise Routine

Derrick Dancer"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done." Genesis 2:3 NKJ version

Most folks are surprised to discover that it is quite easy to over exercise and produce counterproductive results. Some commonly known consequences of over exercising include muscle soreness and chronic fatigue. But did you know that over exercising can possibly make you gain fat? After any workout routine the muscles need to replace both proteins and energy stores (nutrients) loss during a workout for muscles to make a full recovery. Appropriate recovery is done through proper diet and ample rest; and if muscles are not given enough time to recover fully before another similar workout is repeated, then the muscles progressively become smaller. Smaller muscles equal a lowered metabolism, or a diminished capacity for the body to burn fat. All things remaining equal (you maintain the same amount of calorie intake and over exercise habit) body fat could actually increase.

One of the keys to avoiding this mistake is simply following God's principled pattern for creation in our exercise routine. In the scripture which opens this article, God the Father illustrates a process that we can follow when exercising in order that we maximize calorie and fat burning potential. Note that after the Lord finished his "celestial body building project", he rested, so confident in His workmanship that He blessed it and left it to "be fruitful and multiply".

Science and medical research has once again confirmed the believers confidence in intelligent design - all we need do is commit to a reasonable level of consistent bodily exercise, which includes a sufficient amount of rest, and the good Lords principled design by which our physical bodies - His Temples - operate (in the same self-sufficient and self-balancing way as that of His universe) will automatically do the "rest" - pun intended!

Well that's all my time for this time; if this subject interests you, please join me next time when I'll share more regarding the awesome benefits of getting and being fit, God's way!

[Derrick is a licensed & ordained minister and graduate of Azusa World Ministry's Ministry Training Institute, as well as an AMF Certified Fitness Trainer & Sports Nutritionist, and owner of His Cross Training Fitness. You can contact him at (626) 524-5125 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]


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