4 Reasons I’m Starting a Fitness Challenge Group

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On Monday, August 17, I’m starting a Challenge Group for men. For 90 days, this group of men will commit to the Body Beast workout program (or another Beachbody workout of your choice such as P90X3, Insanity Max 30, etc.). These are all incredible workouts that guarantee results, and they are all done from our own living rooms. A close friend of mine has been working out for years. He recently went through Body Beast and said it is hands-down the best workout (with the most results) he’s ever done. I can’t wait to get started, and I’m especially excited to do it alongside a group of men.

Here are four reasons I’m starting this group, and think you should consider joining me.

1. I want to grow in discipline. Like many men, “discipline” has often been an area of weakness in my life. Body Beast requires the discipline of committing to work out six days a week for twelve weeks (less than an hour a day). In the past, when I have disciplined myself to work out, I’ve naturally been more disciplined in other areas of my life during that time as well (spiritually, financially, etc.). In addition to our fitness goals, I will challenge the group each week to memorize Scripture and grow in other areas of discipline.

2. I want to feel better and have more energy for my wife, children, and church. When I am working out consistently, I feel better – period. I have more energy to play with my kids, serve my family, and the other people that God has placed in my life. Additionally, I simply want to set a good example of taking care of myself to my family and others under my leadership.

3. As a Christian, my body is a “temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 6:19-20). My body does not belong to me; it belongs to Jesus. I want to glorify Him by taking care of the body He has given me – the body where His Spirit lives. God created us mind, soul, and body. He cares about each of them, and so should we. God cares about our bodies so much that someday He will raise them from the dead.

4. I want to put myself in a good position to serve God and my family for many years to come. I don’t want my physical condition in any way to limit my ability to live the life God has called me to live – for the long haul. I want to be able to climb the Rocky Mountains with my children. When I’m 50, I want to be in good physical shape so that I can play ball in the yard with my grandchildren. When I’m in my 60s, I want to be able to take strenuous mission trips and preach the Gospel in places that are physically difficult to reach. I don’t want my physical condition (or lack thereof) to limit my ability to serve God, even until my elderly years. I’ve always told people that I want to die in the pulpit, but I don’t want it to be tomorrow.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to start this new workout. Men, if you’re not currently involved in a good workout plan, or if you’re looking for a change, I’d love to have you join me. If you would like to learn more about this challenge group, Facebook message me, or email me at jamusedwards@gmail.com

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