As yet no statistics reveal how many have died from being thrust into the damning combination of physical sluggishness and a schedule that would make a honeybee quiver. It seems clear, however, that being out of physical condition, perhaps overweight and stagnant, is no way for a pastor to live, much less work. Some have found that jogging meets a much neglected need in their lives.
Here are seven reasons why a pastor (or anyone else) should jog, if his health permits (be sure to get your doctor’s approval).
1. Jogging gives the maximum benefit for time spent. Other sports cannot even approach the cardiovascular benefit, to mention only one item. A slow jogger can run three miles in thirty minutes; every moment of that thirty minutes is workout. Other sports take as long as four hours and do not require this beneficial exertion.
2. Jogging exercises the part of the body that a pastor needs most in his work—the legs and the lungs. After jogging for two months you can dash to an emergency sickbed and up flights of stairs and arrive serene, not gasping for breath.
3. Jogging is a tonic to the nerves and a releaser of psychological tension. You go to the track or field worried or even tired, and through oxygen intake and exertion the troubles seem to melt with the fat. Your mental outlook is improved; the troubles seem smaller and you are stronger to tackle them.
You will have to experience this marvelous benefit to believe it. One theologian pointed out that at given points in their lives some persons do not need prayer and Bible reading as much as they need exercise and proper sleep. Great are the beneficial effects of jogging on the mind as well as the body.
4. Jogging may well make your ministry quantitatively longer and qualitatively ...1
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