To All You Exercise Fanatics: Keep Your Perspective

Filed in Living by on July 31, 2014 2 Comments

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Bodily exercise is all right, but spiritual exercise is much more important and is a tonic for all you do.

Timothy 4:7

 

Type A’s have a tendency to become obsessed with exercise. Whether it is a desire to run a marathon, compete in a triathlon, attain our “ideal” weight and fitness level, or whatever, we are prone to elevating exercise to our highest priority.

If you were to view only the Diet & Exercise part of my Type A Lifestyle website, you might be led to believe that fitness is my highest priority in life. I certainly am a big advocate of a healthy lifestyle, especially good nutrition and regular strength conditioning. I believe taking excellent care of your body is an important part of being both productive and happy.

However, I also believe that physical exercise needs to be kept in perspective. There are simply more important things in life than working out. If you have read my book then you know that God is my top priority, and while “taking care of me” is my second highest priority, this just consists of being caring and kind to myself. My hobby of bodybuilding is way down on my list of priorities, after “serving people” and “taking care of my family’s home and finances.”

It is important to keep exercise in perspective of the totality of your existence and purpose here on earth. Even my friend Bill Quick, who is a champion bodybuilder, is well aware that there are much more important things in life than working out. Much of his day is spent teaching others how to become physically fit, which is his compassionate way of sharing his fitness knowledge with others. And you can bet that if there was a family member or friend in need, Bill would immediately drop his workout or whatever else he was doing to lend assistance.

(Oh, and by the way, I think it’s just a coincidence that the Bible quote that begins this post is from the saint Timothy, and that my name is Timothy and I have a tendency to occasionally forget my priorities and spend too much time on “bodily exercise.” At least I think it’s a coincidence!)

If you are an avid exerciser, that’s great, but just try to maintain perspective. I really enjoy bodybuilding, and often it seems I would love nothing more than to add an extra half inch of muscle on my arms. But when my son or daughter is suffering, or some other family member or friend is in need, suddenly adding a half inch to my arms seems pretty trivial.

Stay fit, but also keep your eye on what really matters!

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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  1. Lisa Fox says:

    “Type As have a tendency to become obsessed with exercise.” That’s proof positive Tim, that I am not Type A. Lol!

    • Tim McIntyre says:

      Hah! Then why do you look so great? You must be a natural…I hate people like that, I have to work so hard!

      Oh, and Lisa, check out the new Lady Gaga tab on my website. I think you’ll be amused.

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