I am always amazed, and disappointed, at the focus touted to people in health and fitness. It is insidious and enticing. I am referring to the Zen Buddhist philosophy that permeates health clubs across America. It is taught to instructors by certifying agencies in courses such as "Teaching Meditation". People flock to yoga classes to become "enlightened". Children line up with bare feet in karate gis bowing to the room when they come in and bowing prostrate on the floor before their "Master". Even benign classes are filled with it and many instructors are Christians! This has to hurt God's heart. Just as important it steals the hearts of people from God. We need to refocus on the Creator and Sustainer of life.
Back in the late 90's, my late husband and I owned our own Christian martial arts studio. We had a website ministry that was read and commented upon by people literally all over the world. I wrote several articles, as did Sensei Don, about Christianity and martial arts. One in particular was "Harmonious Living" http://www.angelfire.com/oh/ff4christ/Articles/Harmony.html. Since I am the author of that article, I can borrow what I wish. Let me share an exerpt for you, then apply that to health and fitness.
"Something to keep in mind as one researches various concerns pertaining to Christian practice and ethics is this: God is a jealous God. He does not want our attention divided. We are to stay faithful and be obedient to Him. When we do, He will bless us and the work we've done building His Kingdom. In the book of Joshua, Joshua was instructed by God to tell Israel to go in to take the Promised Land and they will multiply and prosper, with the condition that they must be faithful and obedient to Him (Joshua 1). We can apply that to us today. If we, who are called by His Name, will be faithful and obedient, God will take care of our needs and give us blessings that we cannot even imagine.
The opposite can also happen. We can turn from our worship of God (I am not addressing Armenianism nor Calvinism, but rather outward practice and inward dethroning of Christ in one's relational priorities) and allow idols to come in taking up residence within the core of our being. This may occur if we linger too long with various "non-threatening" symbols, attitudes, and teachings. In Ezekiel 8, God takes Ezekiel through a vision-tour of the Temple. At the entrance to the Temple was an idol beside the gate to the Outer Court. God tells him how detestable this is to Him. He then takes Ezekiel to the North Gate of the Temple to see women mourning the death of Tammuz (this god dies in the fall and lives again in the spring in this mythology). That was upsetting to God, but he wanted to show what angered Him even more. In the inner court with the backs to the altar of the Temple and their faces to the sun practicing worship rituals to the sun. This was an area limited to the priests who were to minister to God. The message for us is letting something that seems as harmless as a symbol or practice take up a place in our lives will eventually become central in our lives over God. This is detestable to God and will be our downfall, much like what happened to Solomon.
We are modern day Daniels."
As Christians, we are called to be unique, different, set apart for God alone. Our meditation should be upon God's Word, His character, and His works. Our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls are His. In Romans 12:1 God says, " I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." It is important that we are careful what activities we engage in. That is the reason PraiseMoves was born. That is why Sensei Don and I founded American Stratiotia Christou martial arts system and Faith Fighters for Christ martial arts ministry. That is why it is important to be careful. As you work out today, give God the honor and glory that are due to Him alone.