Our communities and workplaces are starting to open up as COVID-19 stay at home orders are being modified in many states. This new phase of our “new normal” will contain many opportunities to serve in the name of Christ. To be effective servants, it’s important that we continue to take measures to preserve our health so we can stay well to serve well.
Regular exercise is an effective mechanism for staying well to serve well as we continue to live in the middle of a pandemic!
A recent study has shown that regular exercise may protect or reduce the severity of ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) which is a major complication and cause of death among COVID-19 patients. It turns out that an antioxidant known as extracellular superoxide dismutase (EcSOD) neutralizes free radicals which protects our tissues and helps to prevent disease. A decrease in this antioxidant is seen in several diseases, including acute lung disease. The production of EcSOD is enhanced by cardiovascular exercise! Even a single session of exercise increases production of this antioxidant.
The simple act of taking a daily power walk may have a big impact on our ability to stay well to serve well!
Psalm 139 reminds us that our days are numbered. We all have a limited amount of time to use our God-given gifts to make an impact by serving others in the name of Christ. And if there is ever a time when we can make an impact, it is now!
If we are going to be full participants in God’s transformative work during this time, we need to do our part to stay well so we can serve well! Let’s get out there and get moving!
About the author:
Ginger Hill is a Christian wellness speaker, coach and consultant and the founder of Good Health for Good Works where she helps the earnest, but often exhausted, workers in Christian organizations to take steps toward healthier living so they can fulfill their organization's mission with energy, excellence and endurance.
Psalm 92:12,14 (NLT)
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