Exercise

 
Just as dieting does not help your heart desire less food, neither does exercising. Exercise does have virtue for physical fitness. There is no substitute for exercise when it comes to muscle toning, cardiovascular conditioning, and bone strengthening. It can also help with digestion and with the healthy function of your organs: 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 (1 Tim. 4:8). Exercise is great for physical training, but it does not help your heart desire less food or lessen the desire to control the food. Your goal is to get your focus off food, but it is very tempting to feel the need to stay in control by walking around the block or running several miles after a meal. If exercise has become a stronghold for you and causes a deeper self-focus, if you wake up every morning planning your entire day around your exercise routine, or if exercise is the only thing that gives you peace, then it is a false god in your life. Your goal should be to focus all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength onto God instead of food and your body. Trust God, not exercise—He is jealous of our misplaced dependence. The only exercise you require is getting down on your knees to pray and getting the muscle of your will to surrender control of your natural, God-given hunger and fullness guide to the Creator. The muscles of your eyes need to be fixed on Jesus Christ, and the muscle of your self-will needs to bow before the Father.