Posted on October 22 2018
5 Ways Fitness Strengthens Your Power to Believe
Exalt was created with the idea that five faith-based concepts are necessary to succeed in fitness, and life in general. These traits are strength, determination, perseverance, faith, and the ability to believe. They serve as Exalt’s five pillars.
Having strength and determination help you succeed on your fitness journey, as does keeping your faith, persevering through hard times, and believing in yourself. In turn, fitness influences your abilities to develop strength, determination, perseverance, faith, and your beliefs in other aspects of your life.
Regarding your ability to believe, fitness strengthens this power in many different ways. Read on to learn more.
Fitness Improves Mental Health
Exercise greatly improves mental health. It is also known for reducing mental illness. Physical work outs are able to do these things because, when you work out, your brain is releasing endorphins. Endorphins are “happy chemicals” in the brain that send messages to the rest of your body regarding positive feelings, and your perception of pain. Having this euphoric feeling makes your outlook on anything more positive.
Poor mental health causes you to become depressed or anxious, among other things. If you spend your days in such a negative state, it consumes your life. With a healthy mind, it is easier to believe in yourself and a higher power. You are more optimistic about things and can more easily focus on good things, like your loving God, instead of bad things, like the things that trigger your anxiety or depression.
Fitness Boosts Brain Power
Fitness boosts brain power by improving your hippocampus. The hippocampus is a part of your brain that is responsible for your memory, emotion regulation, and learning. Studies have shown that exercise is likely to create new hippocampal neurons. These enhance your cognitive abilities. Exercising also increases the blood and oxygen to your brain. Your brain needs these things to thrive. Increased blood and oxygen means increased brain performance.
Having good cognition assists you in believing in yourself and in God. You are better able to understand complex concepts. God is very complex. While no one can fully understand Him and His plan, being able to think more intellectually gives you the opportunity to better understand the complex ideas surrounding your Christian faith. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Fitness Increases Your Creativity
Because of the growth of the hippocampus due to exercise, you become more creative. Part of the hippocampus’ job is to assist you in imagining the future and thinking creatively.
Thinking creatively is an important part of believing. Believing in something means having confidence that it is the truth, even if it is not a physical thing you can see and touch. Without creative thought processes, you can’t think abstractly enough to understand that something is true without proof. It’s called having faith. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
Fitness Trains You To Listen
Fitness trains you to listen to your body. Overtime, you understand what your body is telling you when you feel pain or stress. You learn when you are improving your body, and you learn when you are hurting your body. Eventually, you trust what you are feeling.
When you believe in something, it is because you think it is right and true. You are listening to the things around you, and drawing evidence from them. It is similar to how you listen to your body during fitness. Listening does not always mean you hear auditory stimulants echoing in your ears. Sometimes it is seeing a sign and understanding what that sign means. Something happening just when you needed it the most is not a coincidence, it is an act of God. When you train yourself to listen to those signs, it enhances your ability to believe.
Fitness Shows You That Anything Is Possible
Maintaining your fitness can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Someone who can not run a mile without stopping can train themselves to run a marathon. Huge feats can be accomplished by those who truly want to achieve their goals. Once you begin to see results of fitness, or recognize your successes, both small and large, you will understand that anything is possible.
Knowing that anything is possible is important for your ability to believe in things. You have a stronger belief in your own abilities because you know you can achieve your fitness goals. It helps you believe in a higher power as well, because you understand that anything can happen. God makes all things possible.
“Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes’” (Mark 9:23).
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