I have a friend who works at the YMCA. She has said that the busiest time of the year is the month of January, when many turn over a new leaf and want to shed a few pounds. But, as with many New Years resolutions, those who began often trail off in their exercise regimine. What is needed is incentive and motivation to keep going.
I recently read of Robert Fraley, an agent for many sports figures (including Payne Stewart with whom he died in a plane crash). Above his treadmill, he had a quote from Augustine, the church father, who wrote, “We must care for our bodies as though we were going to live forever, but we must care for our souls as if we are going to die tomorrow.” (Game Play for Life, by Joe Gibbs, pp. 19-20). That’s a good incentive to exercise. It’s also a good reminder of our eternity. Perhaps you would be helped with such a quote placed in a strategic place.
1 Timothy 4:8, “Bodily discipline is only of little profit,
but godliness is profitable for all things,
since it holds promise for the present life
and also for the life to come.”