PODCAST: Exercise: The Time Factor (Get Things Done Episode #142)

I am Daniel Whyte III, president of GLM Omnimedia Group, and this is Episode #142 of the “Get Things Done!” podcast. The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Getting Things Done: The ABCs of Time Management” by Edwin C. Bliss. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles on productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

As we begin, let me give you this reminder from the Word of God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Our quote for today is from Michael Jordan. He said: “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are looking at “Exercise: The Time Factor.”

The big health fad of the 1970s and ’80s was strenuous exercise, based on Benjamin Franklin’s famous observation that “there’s no gain without pain.” The good news of the 1990s is that it ain’t necessarily so. Exercise is important, all right, but we know now that it doesn’t have to involve either marathons or masochism.

The jogging craze was started by Dr. Kenneth Cooper, who invented the word “aerobics” and published a popular book by that title in 1968. Soon millions of Americans were donning sweatsuits and pounding the pavement. Many benefited from “going for the burn,” but many others just gave up the regimen because it was too demanding, too time-consuming, or too hard on the knees and ankles. Studies showed that only 10 percent of Americans engaged in regular vigorous exercise.

In 1989 the Journal of the American Medical Association published results of the most comprehensive fitness study ever conducted, and the findings were good news for those who want to stay healthy and are willing to exercise but don’t want to devote a lot of time to it. The study, conducted over fifteen years at Dr. Cooper’s Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas, involving 13,344 men and women, showed that moving out of the “couch potato” category and getting moderate exercise is all that’s needed to achieve a dramatic reduction in death rates from heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Going beyond that and running thirty or forty miles a week provides some additional protection, but not much. You gain dramatic benefits with only thirty minutes of brisk walking or some other aerobic exercise at least every other day.

Important as lowering the death rate is, however, that’s not the reason for including this subject in a book on time management. The real reason is that when you plan your day and your week, you should begin by blocking out time for exercise, not just because of the health benefits but because you will then have more “prime time” during the day, more highoutput time when you will be “bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.” You’ll get more done.

Besides, according to a study of seventeen thousand Harvard graduates conducted by Dr. Ralph S. Paffenbarger, Jr., of Stanford University, moderate exercise can add up to two years to a person’s life! If that isn’t “time management,” what is it?

Lord willing, we will continue looking at this topic and more in our next podcast.

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Now, let’s pray our prayer together —

Almighty and most merciful Father; We have erred, and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Thy holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; And we have done those things which we ought not to have done; And there is no health in us. But Thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare Thou those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore Thou those who are penitent; According to Thy promises declared unto mankind In Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake; That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, To the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.

Now, the greatest secret to getting things done with your life for the glory of God is to have the Lord Jesus Christ in your life. When you have Jesus in your life, you can say with Paul in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless you, and remember: if you have something to do, there is no better time to do it than now.