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Challenge #2: Chase Fitness Farther

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The first official day of summer has come and gone, and so has the first week of the #BoundlessChallenge2k18. Now try something new fitness related.

The first official day of summer has come and gone, and so has the first week of the #BoundlessChallenge2k18. For those of you who completed week one, congratulations! You’ve found someone who is committed to doing these challenges with you throughout the summer! Didn’t participate last week? You did miss out, but it’s not too late to jump on into (fitness pun) challenge #2 — and you can still win prizes, too!

So, ready for week two? This time we’re challenging you physically.

Week two, let’s go!

Challenge #2 details: Try something new (or new-ish) fitness related with a friend. Try a new gym class. Hike a mountain or trail you haven’t done before. Try kayaking, canoeing or stand up paddleboarding. Go to the park and throw a Frisbee around or find a disc golf course. Based on your fitness level, decide what you want to do — the goal isn’t just to do something crazy adventurous (though if you decide to hike a 14-er in Colorado, kudos points), rather the goal is to push yourself to try something new.

Photo guidelines: Snap a photo or create a collage of you and your friend enjoying your new-found fitness activity and post it to Instagram. Remember to tag @BoundlessTeam and use the #BoundlessChallenge2k18. Be creative with captions, camera angles and filters! To be eligible to win this week’s prize (a Boundless T-shirt!), post your photo before next Monday, July 2!

To go above and beyond, commit to making this new fitness activity a bit more of a regular habit. Do it at least one more time before the end of the #BoundlessChallenge2k18. And tag us to show your commitment.

Honoring God with Our Bodies

Coffee, sweet drinks, rolls, donuts, candy, cake, pie. All are delicious. But consuming all of them on a regular basis would be very toxic for our bodies. You may be thinking, John, you’re a male college student — you don’t have to worry about calories like I do. It’s true, I don’t have to count calories and I rarely do. But I do try to honor God with my body. All that I have is His: breath in my lungs, another day, friends and family — and my body. It’s a gift from God, and I try not to take my health for granted.

In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul referred to our bodies as temples. While Paul was addressing sexual immorality, the verse also speaks to the fact that our bodies are temples. Our bodies are the sacred dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and have been designed to worship God. We are to be good stewards of what God has given us.

I’m not asking you to go on every juice cleanse, fad diet or fasting program. Start small. Do something physical you haven’t tried before or haven’t done in a while. Doing new activities can be intimidating, but having a friend join helps eliminate these feelings. Be committed to being more active.

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John Begeman
John Begeman

John Begeman is a small-town kid who interned with Boundless the summer of 2018. He’s attending South Dakota State University, majoring in communications and minoring in broadcast journalism. He stays busy at college, working with admissions, the college newspaper and an elementary school. He’s also involved in campus ministry, leading Bible studies and helping organize events to reach the lost on campus with the gospel.

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