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Punch. Jab. Jab. Hook.

Two minutes of squats.

Punch. Jab. Jab. Hook.

Two laps.

Repeat.

I stole a quick glance at my reflection in the floor to ceiling mirror. Sweat rolled off my forehead, soaking my loose T-shirt. Oversized boxing gloves were held close to my face. With a wide stance, I stood ready for another round of punches in a Saturday morning cardio boxing class.

I thought that in my first of 10 classes at a local gym I would be the one kicking butt, but instead, the class was kicking mine.

I refocused, and my roommate and I punched our way through the final minutes of the hour-long class. We grimaced together as we climbed the steps back in our apartment building, muscle aches already setting in. Our goal was to jump start the New Year with a rigorous fitness routine, and this class was quite the christening.

By mid February, countless New Year’s resolutions to lose weight have been halted by Valentine’s chocolate and Girl Scout cookies. It takes diligence, commitment and hard work to fulfill fitness goals, but what about our spiritual fitness? We turn the calendar each year and automatically pinpoint the number of pounds it’s about time to lose, but how is it that we neglect a new commitment to spiritual health?

In the New Testament, St. Paul writes:

“Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value but godliness has value for all things holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (I Timothy 4:7-8).

We are called to maintain the health of our bodies, but also the health of our spirit. If you took a spiritual fitness test right now, where would you fall?

Tammy Amosson, speaker, author and founder of Spiritual Fitness Ministry, believes spiritual fitness works in tandem with physical fitness.

“In our fast-paced, busy world, we have to be intentional about making time for our spiritual health,” she says on her website. “Spiritual Fitness is about the synergistic relationship of the mind, body, soul and spirit. It is the counter balance of heart health, spiritual nourishment and soul enrichment.”

Whether or not you’ve managed to maintain a fitness goal for 2011, now is a great time to think about your spiritual goals for the year that is still so fresh and new. Read a chapter of the Bible each day. Spend extra time in prayer. Start a Bible study. Find a way to bolster your spiritual fitness and fully commit to this new endeavor. This is one goal worth achieving.

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