FITNESS FOCUS: Standing for Fitness A recent article on the RealAge website entitled, How Your Rear End Helps You Live Longer discusses the health benefits of standing more than you sit. According to the article, “Compared with people who sat for less than 3 hours a day, those who sat for at least 6 hours per day dramatically increased their risk of dying from any cause.” Ok, no need to panic! We all have times when we need to sit for work, traffic, waiting in the doctor’s office (what I happen to be doing right now!) or just because we are tired from work or waiting! Sitting is inevitable, necessary, and sometimes beneficial for us. However, when our lives dictate we sit for long periods of time, it is important that we create times where we stand in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The mere act of standing can increase strength in your core, legs, glutes, and back. So stand up, check your alignment (see standing neutral spine info under the COREbasics tab), and, if you choose, move around a bit! You will feel better, have more energy, and perhaps live longer!
FAITH FOCUS: Standing for faith According to the above article, the simple task of standing will increase your health, strength, and potentially your life. This s is amazing to me that something so simple can have such widespread benefits. It is also amazing to me that something so simple can be so difficult at times. After sitting in the office all day, in the car running errands, etc, you would think we would be ready and willing to move out, take a walk with a friend, play with the kids in the back yard, anything! But what do we do instead? We sit and stare at the tv, computer, or curl up with a good book and relax. (Now, do not want to imply that any of these things are bad. There is a time and place for such activities…just bear with me for the purposes of this devotion.:) I think the same is true for our spiritual activity, or inactivity as the case may be. As a person seeking to follow Christ, I need to remember that the first thing I must do is STAND UP in my faith and for my faith. It seems so simple, I am aware of God’s mercy and grace over my life, I know He has called me to share this with others, and yet, I sit. I sit in the church pew making out my grocery list, I sit in Sunday School as my mind races about my ‘to-do’ list, I sit in traffic listening to Christian radio, barely listening, trying to tune out the ramblings of my two children in the back seat. I do a lot of sitting, and some of it in the name of seeking Christ, but how often do I STAND UP for faith? Perhaps, even if it is just figuratively, I can STAND UP in church, by being aware and centering on His presence. I can STAND UP in Sunday School by focusing on God’s Word, His plan for me. I can STAND UP in the car and activate not only my CORE in Christ but practice it with my kids’ as well by singing, listening, and hearing. And finally, I can STAND UP for faith by allowing this awareness, centering, focusing, practice, to flow from me out into my encounters with others as the Holy Spirit controls my life keeping me in alignment with God’s Will. In doing so, He will guard my life, increasing my spiritual strength AND my spiritual life. Will you join me?
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. (Romans 5:1-2)