Physical activity or exercise consists of voluntary movement of the body resulting in the use of energy. Aerobic exercise, brisk walks, and biking to mention a few are forms of physical activity. Regular exercise is among the essential activities that promote good health among people of all ages and improve their quality of life. Healthy People 2030 advocates for people of all ages to engage in enough aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.
Most people fail to attain the recommended physical activities, and it’s quite difficult for the elderly and individuals with chronic diseases or disabilities. Therefore, they need to encourage people into regular physical activities. Paul in Philippians 4:13 admonishes us that Christ gives strength to do exploits when one lacks zeal.
Physical exercise when done regularly and appropriately brings happiness, good body weight, builds concentration, and productivity, and develops a virtue of perseverance. In 1Cor. 9:26-27, Christianity is likened to an athletic race that inculcates discipline as a virtue and the reward one receives is synonymous to the benefits one derives from regular physical activities.
There is the need to integrate physical activities into routines at home, school, work, community as well as the church to encourage both the young and old to participate. Active transportation such as walking and biking can be incorporated into a daily routine to encourage regular exercise.