Bible Verses on Exercise, Health, and Athletics

What Does the Bible Say About Health and Exercise?

Many people look to the Bible for guidance and wisdom about a host of circumstances in life.   What does it say though about health, exercise, and athletics? You might be surprised.  Even the Bible talks often about leading a healthy life.  What other convincing do you need?

“Healthy” Bible Verses

2 Timothy 5 – An athlete cannot receive the winners crown except by competing according to the rules.
1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 – Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way.  They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.  Thus I do not run aimlessly, I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing.  No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.
2 Timothy 4:7 – I have competed well, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
1 Corinthians 6: 19-20 – Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord said to Samuel: “Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him.  Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into his heart.”
3 John 1:2 – Beloved, I hope that you are prospering in every aspect and in good health, just as your soul is prospering.
Proverbs 17:22 – A joyful heart is the health of the body, but a depressed spirit dries up the bones.
Phillipians 4:13 – I have the strength in everything through Him who empowers me.
Isiaiah 40: 29-31 – He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak he makes vigor abound. Though young men faint and grow weary and youths stagger and fall, they that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar with eagles’ wings, they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.
Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.
Hebrews 12:11-13 – At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.  So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed.
Proverbs 14:30 – A tranquil mind gives life to the body, but jealousy rots the bones.
Proverbs 3:7-8 – Be not wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and turn away from evil; this will mean health for your flesh and vigor for your bones.
1 Corinthians 11:31 – So whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.
Just in case you needed any more convincing that leading a healthy life is the way to go, hopefully this post persuaded you accordingly.