Memorize: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 2

Devotional Reading: 3 John 1-11

Exercise is an important aspect of managing our health. It improves brain function. Exercise increases blood flow and oxygen levels in the brain. It also encourages the release of the brain chemicals (hormones) that are responsible for the production of cells in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls memory and learning. This, in turn, boosts concentration levels and cognitive ability, and helps reduce the risk of cognitive degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. There is overwhelming evidence that people who lead active lifestyles are less likely to suffer from illness and more likely to live longer. Exercise is good for your heart.

Exercise reduces LDL cholesterol (the type that clogs your arteries), increases HDL (the good cholesterol) and reduces blood pressure so it lowers the stress on your heart. Added to this, it also strengthens your heart muscle.
Combined with a healthy diet, exercise lowers the risk of developing coronary heart disease.

Regular exercise lowers your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise helps to control blood glucose levels, which helps to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Additionally exercise helps to prevent obesity, which is a primary factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. Exercise enhances your immune system. Exercise improves your body’s ability to pump the oxygen and nutrients around your body that are required to fuel the cells that fight bacteria and viruses.
Staying active reduces the likelihood of developing some degenerative bone diseases. Weight bearing exercise such as running, walking or weight training lowers your risk of both osteoarthritis and osteoporosis – the adage of “use it or lose it” really does apply to bones.

Exercise may help to reduce the risk of certain cancers. Being fit may mean that the risks of colon cancer, breast cancer and possibly also lung and endometrial cancers are reduced. Studies by the Seattle Cancer Research Centre have suggested that 35% of all cancer deaths are linked to being overweight and sedentary. Exercise not only makes you physically fit, but it also improves your mental health and general sense of well-being. Active people tend to sleep better. Physical activity makes you more tired so you’re more ready to sleep. Good quality sleep helps improve overall wellness and can reduce stress.

You must not be too religious and neglect your health, or need to rest, you should be wise. Eat healthy, have adequate exercise and take time off to rest.

I pray that none of us will die young or suffer in our health due to ignorance or negligence in Jesus name.

Prayer: Father, please give me the wisdom and understanding on how to manage my health well in Jesus name.

Key Dose: A healthy life is a wealthy life.

Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)

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