Lately, I’ve been incorporating more endurance-based workouts. Running, walking, spinning, jumping rope, etc. Something way out of the norm of what I’ve been used to doing. If you know me, you know that I’ve always been the kind of gal that would head straight to the weight room and ditch the cardio cave. I hated cardio. It would bore me out, not to mention that I felt like I was sweating only to lose muscle mass.
Today, my perspective has definitely shifted. I’ve actually been enjoying a brisk walk, run, or any form of cardio a few times a week. I not only feel stronger and leaner, but the endurance I’ve gained in my cardio and weight lifting sessions has trickled down into various areas of my life such as my mental toughness in my studies, eating habits, and spiritual endurance.
I’ve noticed that by integrating extra endurance exercises into my daily routine I then tend to go that extra mile (literally and figuratively) in other areas in my life. I don’t just go through the motions, I dominate them.
In order to endure, we must suffer.
You wont be able to gain any endurance if, for example, you stop every time your body tells you it’s uncomfortable during a run. You must push against the difficulties and give your mind and body the opportunity to grow its endurance. If you’re suffering…good. The strongest of people (both mentally and physically) have gone through some of the greatest amounts of suffering. It’s through the hard times that you learn the most that help you reach gold.
“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance…” -Romans 5:3
2) Build Character
Endurance, whether you believe it or not, builds character.
It strengthens us to do the right thing. To be able to say no to the temptations that won’t benefit us and rather say yes to the things that God has for us. To have the willingness to say no to the shortcuts, despite the detours in our lives.
“And endurance builds character, which gives us a hope that will never disappoint us.” -Romans 5:4
3) Hope and Courage
Suffering produces endurance, endurance builds character, and character develops hope and courage. I’ve always been a very hopeful soul. So I guess you could say I’m THAT much more hopeful now. While running, so many thoughts are simultaneously running through my brain. But to be completely honest, the goal I have that I will become even stronger and healthier after I cross that finish line fills to the brim. That’s what keeps me going. That at the end of all those occasional negative thoughts, all the sweat, and sore legs, I keep on persisting towards that goal.
There are so many things in my life that I don’t understand, but I’m patient, hopeful, and trusting that my God is up to something. It may be a strenuous journey, but I’m fully equipped to run with Him by my side. I know it’ll be one of the finest works of art once it has reached completion, something as Pure as Gold.
Today, I want to challenge you to get involved with endurance-based activities. Spend some extra time excelling towards your physical, mental, and spiritual goals. With God as your running coach, I promise He won’t fail you as you endure to eternity.
“If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experience a different life, run a Marathon.”