Made to Move: Your Body Was Designed for Action
By Caleb Anderson
“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn . . .” —Oprah Winfrey
Your arms swing forward. Your eyes are on the front of your face. Your feet point ahead of you. Your mouth speaks in the direction you are facing.
We were created for action. We were designed for advancement.
The first instruction God ever gave humans was this: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth” (Genesis 1:28 MSG). In other words, “Go forward, procreate, and manage My creation!” It’s our responsibility, as humans, to stay active, manage responsibly, and move creation forward. And that includes our own physical bodies.
We won’t live forever. Sometime in the not-too-distant future, our bodies will start to fail us. We won’t be able to lift as much weight as we used to lift. We won’t be able to run as far as we once did. Parts of us will sag and wrinkle despite our best efforts. That’s just life. It is a constant reminder that we are more spiritual than we are physical. But, in terms of the physical, we can maximize what we have for the amount of time we have it.
Think about it: If you don’t eat food, you’ll die in a couple months. If you don’t drink water, you’ll die in a couple days. If you don’t breathe oxygen, you’ll die in a couple minutes. Similarly, if you don’t work your muscles they will atrophy. If you don’t exercise your lungs will shrink.
Our bodies are amazing. They will build up if we make them, or they will break down if we let them.
So, what keeps you moving? What gets you up in the morning? What are your primary motivations for what you do any given day? Is it the pursuit of happiness? Or the pursuit of “hotness” (attractiveness)? Are you chasing after wealth or significance? If so, are you satisfied with the chase?
Maybe you’re not pursuing anything, and you’re feeling stagnant—stuck—like you’re merely existing. Before you can move forward, you first have to be honest about where you are…and then have a vision for where you want to go.
Are you in a rut? Maybe you feel like you’ve not been moving forward, but rather sliding backward. Here are a few “slide” warning signs:
1. Feeling like you’re always behind
2. Waking up consistently tired
3. Blaming others for current circumstances
4. Giving up hope for the future
Many of us will admit that our lifestyle is in somewhat of a rut, and not moving in the direction we’d like or at the pace we’d want. But change is possible! And small changes can make a big difference to get you moving forward again.
Whether you’re needing to move forward, move faster, or simply just start moving again, it’s not going to be enough just to “show up” at work, at home, or at the gym. You need a plan. And you need to execute the plan if you want to see change.
Don’t get discouraged at this point if you don’t think of yourself as the planning type. The plan doesn’t have to be elaborate or complex. It can be very simple—as simple as you want. The point is to be intentional . . . and to move forward!
Remember, we all make time for the things we value most. If you’re not finding time for good health, self-care, and exercise, it’s probably not yet a high enough priority.
How do your priorities need to change in order to consistently take time to train yourself, physically?