One topic that doesn’t seem to come up in the Bloggernacle is the virtue of physical exercise. Is it that we are all desk-bound lardies who wouldn’t dream of consuming a coffee-cream chocolate, but imagine that our expanding girths are of no consequence to God? Or is it that we simply do not equate exercise and physical fitness with religion and thus not worthy of discussion?
Anyway, I have come to realise that exercise can be a religious experience. Exercise makes me happy, and as we all know from Joseph, happiness is the object and design of our existence. Perhaps the finest feeling known to man is the one you get when stepping out of a hot shower after having done some form of strenous exercise. It’s a good feeling, a happy, "lovely" feeling, both "praiseworthy" and of "good report". You feel clean, refreshed and so alive!
I would love to know what physical exercise the members of the Bloggernacle engage in. How do you find the time? How can you justify two hours at the gym after work when there are kids who want to see you? Should Mormons be more concerned about their physical fitness beyond just the Word of Wisdom? Is a fat, unfit Mormon a bad Mormon (assuming there are no other factors involved)?
For my part I have discovered the joys (and agony) of hot yoga (aka Bikram yoga). Basically it’s yoga done in a 116F room. Let me tell you (as someone who is otherwise reasonably fit), hot yoga is excruciating! I have never felt so wasted. But after the aforementioned shower, the satisfaction is immense. I highly recommend it: it’s great exercise, good for the back, and you get to hang out with all kinds of trendy urbanites. It’s also not "religious" yoga, beyond the instructor’s "namaste" farewell (wrong religion, anyway).
So, what do you do, how, and when?