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Bible Quotes
A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might,
(Proverbs 24:5) ESV

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.
(Acts 20:28) ESV

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,
(1 Corinthians 6:19) ESV

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) ESV

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees,
(Hebrews 12:12) ESV1

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.
--Mark Twain – American Author Born 1835 Died 1910

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
--Thomas Jefferson – American President Born 1743 Died 1826

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.
--Thomas Jefferson – American President Born 1743 Died 1826

Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy, you don't need it: if you are sick you should not take it.
--Henry Ford – American Businessman Born 1863 Died 1947

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
--John Adams – American President Born 1735 Died 1826

Exercise is really important to me - it's therapeutic. So if I'm ever feeling tense or stressed or like I'm about to have a meltdown, I'll put on my iPod and head to the gym or out on a bike ride along Lake Michigan with the girls.
--Michelle Obama – American First Lady Born 1964

Exercise is labor without weariness.
--Samuel Johnson – English Author Born 1709 Died 1784

Exercise? I get it on the golf course. When I see my friends collapse, I run for the paramedics.
--Red Skelton – American Comedian Born 1913 Died 1997

I think that making love is the best form of exercise.
--Cary Grant – American Actor Born 1904 Died 1986

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.
--William Temple - Born 1555 Died 1627 

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
--Joseph Addison – English Writer Born 1672 Died 1719

I really believe the only way to stay healthy is to eat properly, get your rest and exercise. If you don't exercise and do the other two, I still don't think it's going to help you that much.
--Mike Ditka – American Coach Born 1939

In general, any form of exercise, if pursued continuously, will help train us in perseverance. Long-distance running is particularly good training in perseverance.
--Mao Tse-Tung – Chinese Leader Born 1893 Died 1976

Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails. Exercise is nothing short of a miracle.
--Cher – American Musician Born 1946

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.
--Hippocrates – Greek Scientist Born 460 BC Died 357 BC4

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Exercise and the Bible

As with many things in life, there are extremes in the area of exercise. Some people focus entirely on spirituality, to the neglect of their physical bodies. Others focus so much attention on the form and shape of their physical bodies that they neglect spiritual growth and maturity. Neither of these indicates a biblical balance. First Timothy 4:8 informs us, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” Notice that the verse does not negate the need for exercise. Rather, it says that exercise is valuable, but it prioritizes exercise correctly by saying that godliness is of greater value.

The apostle Paul also mentions physical training in illustrating spiritual truth in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. He equates the Christian life to a race we run to “get the prize.” But the prize we seek is an eternal crown that will not tarnish or fade. In 2 Timothy 2:5; Paul says, “Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.” Paul uses an athletic analogy again in 2 Timothy 4:7“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” While the focus of these Scriptures is not physical exercise, the fact that Paul uses athletic terminology to teach us spiritual truths indicates that Paul viewed physical exercise, and even competition, in a positive light. We are both physical and spiritual beings. While the spiritual aspect of our being is, biblically speaking, more important, we are to neglect neither the spiritual or physical aspects of our health.

So, clearly, there is nothing wrong with a Christian exercising. In fact, the Bible is clear that we are to take good care of our bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). At the same time, the Bible warns against vanity (1 Samuel 16:7Proverbs 31:301 Peter 3:3-4). Our goal in exercise should not be to improve the quality of our bodies so that other people will notice and admire us. Rather, the goal of exercising should be to improve our physical health so we will possess more physical energy that we can devote to spiritual goals.2


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Definition of Exercise

1. The act of exercising; a setting in action or practicing; employment in the proper mode of activity; exertion; application; use; habitual activity; occupation, in general; practice.

2. Exertion for the sake of training or improvement whether physical, intellectual, or moral; practice to acquire skill, knowledge, virtue, perfectness, grace, etc.

3. Bodily exertion for the sake of keeping the organs and functions in a healthy state; hygienic activity; as, to take exercise on horseback.

4. The performance of an office, a ceremony, or a religious duty.

5. That which is done for the sake of exercising, practicing, training, or promoting skill, health, mental, improvement, moral discipline, etc.; that which is assigned or prescribed for such ends; hence, a disquisition; a lesson; a task; as, military or naval exercises; musical exercises; an exercise in composition.

6. That which gives practice; a trial; a test.

7. To exert for the sake of training or improvement; to practice in order to develop; hence, also, to improve by practice; to discipline, and to use or to for the purpose of training; as, to exercise arms; to exercise one's self in music; to exercise troops.3




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