As Catholics enter the Lenten season, one concept seems to enter the public mind: sacrifice. The question is always “what are you giving up for 40 days and 40 nights?” Never “what are you taking on for the rest of your life?”
Not to say giving up bad habits is objectionable, but why do we only see sacrifice as a means to self-improvement? There is far more to be gained by picking up healthy habits instead of simply halting bad habits.
This year, many people will probably give up some form of junk food for Lent. But why not create a real resolution to exercise more instead. Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Do ten push-ups before dinner. Stretch before bed each night.
Obesity is a growing problem in America, and although we often aim to fight it with dietary techniques, a little exercise can go just as far. Stop being a couch potato and use your body for its genuine purpose (though by all means please feel free to spend a little time on your Contempo Sofa).
This year, don’t just ask yourself how sacrificing will make you a healthier person. Become a healthier person by doing something.