My son and I talked about how the image of being fit and manly has changed over our lifetimes. When I was a small child the image of male fitness was a cowboy hat and a cigarette. A bit older and it was a hairy chest. As a teenager it was bulging biceps, then it was a thin runner’s body, then came popping pectorals, and today it’s being so skinny your 8 abdominal muscles show.
Remember when diet changed from eating only grapefruit, to oatmeal, to the Jell-o diet, to high protein, to raw foods, to no-fat, to only green vegetables, then white foods, and the always popular chocolate diet?
Every generation, it seems, has a different idea of what being healthy looks like and how you achieve that advertisers’ picture of perfect.
The Holy Spirit says that Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come (First Timothy 4:8).
One thing is timeless when it comes to fitness and health: being of Christ-like virtue.