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Physical & Spiritual Fitness October 9, 2010

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Walk around post in the morning and you will see Soldiers running in formation or small groups. You will see them doing push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups.

In some units, you will even see them engaged in the latest physical fitness routines, whether it is P90X, CrossFit or some other muscle-trembling, sweat inducing exercise. Right alongside all of these Soldiers you will see civilians and retirees also sweating and straining as they walk, run and bike their way to better physical fitness.

You will see the same thing at Aquatic Center as Soldiers, retirees and civilians pack the pool every day, swimming laps and doing water aerobics. The racquetball courts, weight rooms and cardio rooms at the post gyms are also full of people striving every day to push their bodies a bit more, to get an extra rep or an extra minute into their workouts as they seek the ideal of physical fitness.

Even if you aren’t one of the people on the roads pounding the pavement or sweating in the gyms, most of us know we need to exercise and wish we were in better physical shape.

Exercise is important because it is good for our health, but even the Army recognizes there is more to a person’s overall health than just physical fitness. As part of the new Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Plan, the Army says that part of being fit as a whole person is spiritual fitness. But this isn’t something the Army just came up with. In fact, the Apostle Paul wrote about it around 2,000 years ago in a letter to a friend named Timothy.

“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8-9). Scripture tells us that even more than being worried about our physical fitness, though this is good, we need to be working on our spiritual fitness. So with all the time many of us spend sweating and working to be physically fit, or at least the time we spend thinking and wishing we were more physically fit, what have we done lately to be spiritually fit?

Just like physical fitness, spiritual fitness takes time and effort. It doesn’t happen to us mysteriously as we sit around doing nothing. We have to get off our rear ends and spend time and effort in the things that will get our flabby spiritual muscles into shape.

What are these spiritual exercises? Well, just like physical fitness, it doesn’t need to be complicated and most of us already know what we need to be doing to get fit. Spiritual fitness exercises can range from attending a chapel service on post or a religious service off post. It can be reading sacred scripture and books on spiritual topics. It can be establishing a regular prayer life (morning, noon and evening prayers). It could be getting involved in chapel groups or organizations on post or in your community.

There is a huge number of opportunities to become spiritually fit both on post and in your community, whether you are a service member, a retiree or a civilian.

To be spiritually fit, you need a plan and the fortitude to get started, to stick with the plan and to pick yourself back up and keep trying if you fall off the plan. This can’t be a once- or twice-a year thing. It takes repetitions over time to reach a good level of spiritual fitness. Is it hard? It can be, especially when you’re just getting started. Is it worth it? Yes, both for yourself and for your family.

If you are out there sweating to better your physical fitness, keep it up. If you aren’t, then maybe you should, but all of us probably need to spend more time and effort making sure we are spiritually fit, too. So get a plan, get started and get spiritually fit.

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