Why are you Working Out?

It’s 8:23pm. I have been in my work room since 1:30pm today. I have had junk food to eat today because of how busy I was and haven’t worked out in at least 4 days. I feel like I need to workout because of what I put in my body. I need to punish my body because otherwise i’m going to gain weight. Though, I am so incredibly tired from today.

These were my thoughts from last night and I thought it was significant to share. Because I KNOW many of you have been there and might be there as you read this. We as a society generally don’t know how to workout and eat healthy in a HEALTHY way. Many people take too much pride in their looks and put their looks first priority. Many people eat good to look good, rather than feel good. They say on the outside that they eat healthy because it makes them feel better and more energized, but where is their heart REALLY? 

I’ve been there and probably always will be learning how to not be there. This comes with transformation of the mind and act. 

Many people ask me how to be healthy with fitness and eating well. There is no perfect recipe for you to follow so you don’t struggle with making these things an idol or your identity. But what I can share is some insight I have received through my own struggles. 

I share my story from last night to show how clearly my thought process was:

I ate something bad > I had not worked out yet > Fear came in about gaining weight > The solution was to go to the gym to make sure I didn’t gain weight. 

So when you start feeling like you NEED to go to the gym, stop and ask yourself WHY. Is your why to cover something you ate? Is your why to cover what someone said to you about your image? Is your why to cover the comparison you have with another girl who is “more fit” than you? 

Ask yourself why. If it’s out of a striving mentality, a shaming mentality, or a I-need-to-do-this-for-my-looks reason, I would encourage you to not go to the gym. I would actually encourage you to pull out your bible and to seek the Lord. I would encourage you to seek what the Lord says about the body and the purpose of our earthly body. 

Shame is universal. Shame can be in working out and a big motivator for working out. Think about it… when you sin and do something bad, the immediate reaction is to feel shameful. What happened when I ate something bad? I felt shameful and felt the need to cover it up with working out. 

See, when we workout for the purpose of removing our shame, it doesn’t actually remove the shame. It makes us a slave to continuously feeding that shame. Continuously covering up the shame of feeling like we aren’t enough so we have to do something about it. 

Do you see that correlation with our walk with Christ? 

We do bad things, we then continue in the bad things or try to cover up those bad things with “good” things but really we are just burying ourselves into a deeper hole that we feel trapped into. But Jesus comes in. Jesus comes in and removes our shame and short comings. He is our savior. 

So ask yourself your WHY for working out. Be honest with yourself. Working out and eating healthy is to fuel your body, not punish it. Shame is not of you or of God, but of the enemy. Seek the Lord. Seek the Lord in the confusion. Seek the Lord in truth. 

Psalm 23:3, “He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.” 

1 Corinthians 10:31, ‘Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 

Colossians 3:17, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” 

1 Peter 4:11, “Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 

Do you see the theme here? We do everything for the glory of God. That is why we were created: to imitate and reflect His son, JESUS. Not to do anything else, but love Him and love His people. This only comes when our hearts are in alignment with Him and His word.