WHY IS EXERCISE IMPORTANT
Is exercise part of the Bible diet? What does the Bible say about exercise? These are both really good questions, and they are both essential to the Bible diet. First, let’s tackle the question about exercise as a whole – is staying fit and active important? Then, we’ll take a look at what the Bible has to say about exercise.
EXERCISE IN THE BIBLE
Exercise is a part of the Bible diet. The Bible states that mankind must consider his or her body a temple (as the popular saying goes!), and that means treating your body with complete care and kindness. Part of that care, then, is making sure that your body is fed both through food and through exercise, which is part of caring for your body. But, let’s go deeper.
Here’s what the Bible has to say (exactly) about exercise.
- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “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, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
- 1 Timothy 4:8: “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.”
So, there are two parts to exercise as part of the Bible diet. The first is that you should treat your body as a temple. The second is that exercise (bodily training) is valuable, but attempting to achieve godliness is more important, so that should you your first focus. How do raw food recipes fit into the whole picture?
THE ROLE RAW FOOD RECIPES PLAY
If your body is a temple, preparing food in its whole and pure form is the structure that the temple is built upon. Raw food recipes like the ones that you’ll find in our cookbooks will help you reach the ultimate goal of trying to achieve godliness. The raw food recipes from our vegetarian cookbook are easy to prepare too, and that makes eating and exercising (since food provides fuel) simpler.
Even though exercise is important, it’s understandable that sometimes you don’t feel like exercising. When that happens, the best thing to do (keeping the ultimate goal of godliness in mind) is to try and help someone else exercise or simply step outside. By doing something like volunteering at a retirement home, taking someone for a walk that cannot walk, or bringing an animal outside to enjoy some fresh air, you are both exercising and helping others – the best of both world, and a certain path towards living life closer to godliness.
FOOD, EXERCISE, AND KINDNESS COMBINED
We invite you to take a look at our vegetarian cookbook to see just how easy preparing meat- free and raw dishes can be. We’ve also placed a number of healthy foods from our vegetarian cookbook on our blog, so please feel free to try out any number of those recipes – and let us know what you think!
In the end, exercise is important (and it’s part of making sure that your body remains a temple), but it is not the only ingredient needed to live a purer life. Take the advice from the Bible (listed above), and make activity a means to an end – with that end being following the path towards godliness. If you have any questions along the way, let us know by leaving a comment on this page, or by following us on Facebook for additional details, photographs, and our latest blog updates.
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Italian Fennel Salad
Toss salad greens together. Arrange greens on 2-4 individual plates. Cut fennel bulbs in half, then in quarters and eighths or smaller pieces