Fitness is a huge topic right now. Obviously, since I get at least 10 fitness-related spam emails each morning and my twitter feed is consistently bombarded with stories of fitness makeovers, medical studies on weight loss and the latest diet tips. Some newly discovered fitness miracle is advertised on the cover of every magazine in the grocery store check out line.
What caught my eye today? A story of a 64-year-old grandmother winning fitness competitions in string bikinis against women half her age. Boasting a rock-hard body with six-pack abs, chiseled legs and sculpted arms, Ruby Carter-Pikes has won numerous awards and received the praise of her peers for her youthfully fit appearance. The world places a high value on youth, with the health and fitness industry generating $14M annually and the weight loss industry generating over $44M each year.
This fitness craze has permeated Christian circles as well, not just secular society. And medical studies have shown the importance of a healthy, balanced lifestyle, but when does healthy living cross into unhealthy obsession? As children of God, should our interactions with fitness look different from the world? What is healthy and what is too far? What does it mean to live in moderation, as Scripture says? As women surrounded by a society that worships youthful beauty, how should we react?
What do you think? Can fitness impact our witness – either for good or bad?