"An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body.” Gen. George S. Patton. I’d add to this that an active spirit can’t exist in an inactive body either.
Physical fitness is integral to
spiritual growth. Our spirits cannot ascend to celestial glory without
our bodies. Our bodies are the temple where our spirit dwells. It is
our duty and obligation to care for that temple (indeed I could argue
that learning to care for our physical bodies is a key part of our
earthly test). Being physically fit will see spiritual rewards as well
as physical because our bodies and spirits function as one. This
becomes readily apparent when you get out and push yourself on a run or
bike ride. As your body craves rest and ease, your spirit pushes it
on. It is an amazing experience that many don’t believe until they put
it to the test.
Take a look at any real world WARRIOR
training program and they all begin and end with PT (Physical
Training). An effective warrior must be fit. He cannot function
My belief is that it is the same for Priesthood Warriors. As
LDS-Special Forces it is important to develop a habit of physical fitness.
Being physically fit will have a dramatic impact on your ability to
feel and follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost. You become more
effective in your priesthood man roles. You
have more energy, you are more alert and you have greater capacity to be
I have personally put this to the test and can attest that it WORKS! Here are the essentials of a basic fitness program:
believe that any fitness program revolves around a good running
program. The human body is designed to be a distance
running machine (if you have the time/desire I highly recommend reading Born To Run
by Chris Macdougall…it will change the way you run forever). All WARRIOR training programs include a heavy
dose of running (by some statistics those men at BUD/S training to be
Navy SEALS run between 14-20 miles a day) Clearly not every person can
run…yet…but I do think that everybody should be working toward
that goal. Running, walking, biking, jogging, wheelchair racing,
treadmill, etc…whatever the activity – you should start today. Get up
and move your legs. I’ve just started using www.runkeeper.com to track my daily
runs. Feel free to join my 'Street Team' (I’m in there as Anthony Peters
from Kaysville) there and we can track and encourage each other in our
efforts to be physically fit.
The best way to start a
running program was the old Duty to God program of the 3’s: Run for 30
minutes, 3 times a week, for 3 months. That system of 3’s gets you
started and will help establish your habit. Then you can grow it from
there. (Obviously you should check with your doctor before you start any exercise programs.)
The second thing that every good Priesthood
Warrior fitness program needs is weight lifting. Not only does it develop muscles but it is also good for your
bones. Here are a couple of links that I’ve found key to helping
establish a good weight lifting program:
(this article is particularly interesting as you think about fitness and how to apply it in your life)
also been able to glean a lot of fitness information from the following
site (not only about exercise but about eating healthy as well)
www.stewsmith.com he publishes a lot of free articles on fitness and nutrition that are really helpful.
third key component to being a Priesthood Warrior is to eat better. In
our society (especially LDS culture) we’ve developed some terrible
eating habits. We are good at shunning the key ‘bad things’ that the
Word of Wisdom prohibits, but we’ve replaced them with all kinds of
things that are almost as bad for us… ( I mean really, we bless
doughnuts to “nourish and strengthen our bodies”…do we really think that
praying over it will make that pile of sugar good for us? The term
refreshments has become synonymous with cake, pie, soda and any other
sugary concoction we can come up with). Men if you will simply
eliminate most sugars and increase your protein intake, you will
instantly lose some weight. AND YOU’LL FEEL AWESOME! (I believe that
the absolute WORST thing you can put into your body is soda with junk
food coming in a close second. These things are detrimental to your
health and I would contend that they are slowly killing us).
Read this article and it will change the way you think about food.
fourth Key to being Priesthood Warrior fit is to find your motivation.
This is way easy to say, and probably the hardest thing to do. For
some of us that motivation has to come in the form of a health crisis
where we find ourselves in the position of being so unhealthy at the age
of 35 that we can’t even play with our kids. That was me. Overweight,
out of energy, on several medications for different conditions and
looking at more. I was terribly unhappy and had no motivation. Luckily
I took seriously the challenge to do the Duty to God program as a Young
Men’s leader and I was determined to see it though. I set for myself
the fitness goal of being able to pass the minimum requirements for the
Navy SEAL entrance test (see the “WHY WARRIORS?” tab). Now, several
years later, I’ve been able to lead a stake Pioneer Trek, go on a 50
mile backpacking trip and get off most of the medications I was taking.
I’m happier, healthier and most importantly…I can play with my kids. I
can run with my teenage son and play soccer with them. I can pick up
my daughter and when I tell her that her boyfriends need to be able to
wrestle me…I can back that up! What is your motivation? Find it and
you’ve started on that road to fitness success.
to ANYONE who says the following: “I don’t have time to exercise.” I
say “BALONEY”. Simply TURN OFF THE TV, VIDEO GAMES, FACEBOOK, TEXTING
whatever “SCREEN” is eating up all your time. It will be painful (see
my thoughts on PAIN) but you will live, and you will find a whole
new life as you get up and MOVE. You can still participate in
entertainment, but you’ll find more and more that you enjoy life a LOT
MORE without all that screen time. I promise you will. I’VE DONE IT IN
MY LIFE AND I KNOW IT WORKS!!!!
I hope to be able to post ideas, tips and advice from myself and other Warriors who want to share their experience with their brothers of the Priesthood...so let me know of your success' and we can all grow together.
So go on…TRY IT…I tripple-dog dare you!