According to the American College of Sports Medicine and the Center for Disease Control, it is recommended that the average adult should practice resistance training at least 2 days per week using a variety of exercises and equipment to train each major muscle group (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). There are many benefits of strength training including reducing the signs and symptoms of numerous diseases and chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain, and depression. It can also help restore a person’s sense of balance and reduce the likelihood and severity of falls.
Let’s take a look at God’s truth:
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
James 1:2-4 (MSG)
In our faith-life, as well as in our bodies and muscles, we have to allow ourselves to be put under stress in order to grow. Stress or pressure—the thing we try to avoid because it’s difficult and uncomfortable—is actually the thing that will help us become mature and more like our Savior. Remember, our God is less concerned with our comfort than He is with our character. As we can see from the above list of health benefits, resistance training will also equip us with the strength and muscle that we will need to do God’s work here on earth—and do it with energy. So try adding some resistance training to your workout routine today.