The weather wasn’t very conducive to running outside on Tuesday here in the Northeast. I needed to run and resorted to the treadmill. If all of the Winter weather predictions are true, that treadmill may be my new best friend for a while.
Since I started running outside I noticed what a huge difference there is between running in the great outdoors and exercising on a treadmill. In my experience, running outside is much harder. Yes, I realize that you can change your speed and altitude on a treadmill, but there is still a stark difference between the two. Science backs me up on this one. Here are two excerpts from runners’ web sites:
“Running on a treadmill feels somewhat easier physically because the ground is being pulled underneath your feet and there’s no wind resistance. Running outside demands more from your body because you’re propelling your body forward stride for stride.”
This reminds me of 2 Timothy 3: 1-8 You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! 6 They are the kind who work their way into people’s homes and win the confidence of [a] vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by various desires. 7 (Such women are forever following new teachings, but they are never able to understand the truth.) 8 These teachers oppose the truth just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have depraved minds and a counterfeit faith.
I don’t know what you all think about what “days” we are in, but things all over the world are difficult and it feels like the “last days”. When things get difficult, it gets easier to choose the path of least resistance. We have to be careful to not accept the counterfeit in our lives. Just like the treadmill, when we allow anything that does not line up with God’s word, it will feel easier. There will be no resistance from the world as you embrace their ideas. Just like the treadmill, you will begin to feel the ground pulling out from beneath your feet.
Here is nerdy science fact #2
Running outdoors is extremely functional. Even when you think you’re running on flat ground, the ground is never completely flat. This means your foot, leg and core muscles are constantly making small adjustments to contend with the varying surfaces. These small muscle movements are important for your coordination, balance and ability to do everyday things. It may not sound significant, but it really makes a difference: The more muscles you can recruit in any given movement, the more calories you will burn and fitness you will build.
The benefits are the same when we build ourselves up in the faith, and make those adjustments as the Holy Spirit leads. This strengthens our overall spiritual condition.
Jude 1:20-21 But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!
No matter what you see or hear that is happening in the world, stay right at the center of God’s love. Praise Jesus today for giving you the unending life, the real life!