Daniel Plan 2/22/17: If You Are Not Being Challenged, You're Probably Not Growing

Hello hello!

I have a couple of questions for today. The first is...what is the best exercise?

Walking? It isn't the most physically strenuous, but it's easy to do and you can literally go almost anywhere to do it.

What about cycling? Studies have shown you can burn upwards of 500 calories per hour of vigorous cycling. Not bad.

Maybe it's swimming? I submit into evidence the US men's Olympic swim team.

A case could strongly be made for running, right? You can expect to burn up to 1,000 calories per mile.

Yoga or Pilates? Those DVDs look awfully...inspirational.

P90x? It must be called "Extreme Home Fitness " for a reason, yeah?

Something else? Come on, what is the #1, most effective, best result exercise?

I've got a little secret for you. It's none of those listed above.


I have patients tell me all the time that they know that they should be exercising, but they can't do whatever their goal exercise is because of an injury or other impediment In the end they end up doing nothing.


Something is better than nothing. If you can't walk far, work with weights. If you can't get to the gym, do household chores with intention. There is always a way to challenge your body, to make it work harder. As a matter of fact, we were just discussing this in my men's group this morning. If you are not being challenged you're probably not growing. It's true in so many areas of life, especially fitness.

This leads me to my second question...what is Daniel Strong?

Daniel Strong is the pursuit of excellence in body, mind and spirit for God's glory.

Don't let the second part of that statement escape you. It is for God's glory that we pursue that excellence in our bodies.  

Daniel demonstrated his pursuit of excellence in his faithfulness in doing the little things when no one was watching. He had strength to do what was honoring God, what was right, even in the face of danger or conflict or against what everyone else was doing. And that’s exactly what is required to experience becoming Daniel Strong. There will be some days when you don’t feel like pursuing excellence in your exercise, your eating, or your faith. But over time, pursuing excellence will lead to strength of character, confidence, and courage forged by God.
— The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life

Today's Bible verse:

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
— 1 Corinthians 6:19-20