I was in pretty good shape last October as I focused on running the Wenatchee half marathon with my second daughter, Allison. However, after traveling for almost the entire month of November and five weeks of illness that lasted into January, I had lost all the conditioning I had so diligently earned. When I started working out again a month ago, I was at a low physical point. That is when my oldest daughter, Laura, introduced me to Nike Training Club, a free workout app. I am not used to this kind of high efficiency training. In the past, I have stuck to traditional weight lifting and running. This app instructs me to move quickly through a wide range of exercises that build strength and balance while pushing up my heart rate. I started at the lowest level and have been slowing working myself into the intermediate routines. Spending thirty minutes doing these workouts combined with a daily run has enabled me to begin rebuilding muscle tone and endurance.

However, my gain has not come without costs. First, my pride is daily hammered by the fact that I am unable to perform some of the exercises. I particularly struggle with the ones that require balance. Second, this Nike Training Club is geared to women. The instructor’s voice is female and the exercise trainers on the videos are women. When I started I teasingly called the workouts, “girly exercises.” Daily I am getting beaten up by girls. So much for the physical superiority of men over women!

Seriously, I enjoy being in good physical condition. I know that at my age, I have to work harder than ever to stay in shape. Spending thirty to sixty minutes a day working out is worth it to me. The pain is short lived compared to the long-term benefits.

I need to remain just as diligent with my spiritual conditioning. Paul instructs in 1 Timothy 4:7, “… train yourself to be godly. 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.”

How are you doing with your physical and spiritual exercises? (A good dose of daily humbling is actually an appropriate spiritual exercise.)