Exercise, An Ignored Mitzvah

north lake pathBy Bruce Wayne. The summer brings the greatest opportunity for Jews and non-Jews to fulfill a great mitzvah, which is taking care of one’s health. I feel that the Talmud is replete with passages and teachings promoting exercise as a great mitzvah.

Nevertheless, I look at some of the bellies on Lakewood residents and cannot help, but feel many of us are ignoring this important mitzvah.

I understand that a gym might be too expensive for everyone to become a member of. However, one can walk around Pine Park, play basketball, ride their bike around the lake, and etc…Thus, I see no reason why more Jews and non-Jews are not exercising.

Many men are blessed with wives who can cook delicious meals. However, some of these wives make these delicious meals at the cost of their family’s health. The foods they serve are filled with fat, sugar, and cholesterol. This wouldn’t be so bad if those who ate such foods exercised, but many do not. Consequently, they develop poor health in the later years of their lives.

This summer I hope that many men and women either join a gym, walk around the block a few times, or play a sport in hopes of taking care of G-d’s great gift to them.

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  1. I don’t believe obesity is a problem unique to Lakewood. Actually Lakewood residents tend to be healthier and more fit than the Big Mac fresseing populace.
    I can’t understand why the author needs to imply that Lakewood is the problem.

  2. The gym is offering free registration this month but they are not advertising it for some reason, i just signed up my family and my wife and kids love it.

  3. Dear writer your letter contains many valid points but I have to ask,why the need to hide behind a pseudonym unbefitting a ben torah.

  4. 8 years ago I lost a dear friend of mine to a sudden heart attack- loi alienu
    Since then I stopped eating red meat, margarine, fried foods etc.
    I exercise 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes, I listen to a shiur on my bb or learn mishnayos, so its a great way to chazzer mishnas or use the time even more meaningful ….

    You can do it too- you just have to want to! !

  5. Bruce is 100% correct. And eating heavy meals at such late hours such as friday night or Yom Tov night is not healthy either. Making an early Shabbos is good not just for your neshomah , but for you goof too!

  6. Hey Bruce why don’t you donate some of your billions to an incentive program for obese yungeleit seriously nice post, we should all do more exercise.

  7. Most people know they need to exercise, at least i do, but i don’t need somebody that i don’t know telling me to. maybe my doctor but it should come from within ones self. so basically what i think you are saying is that all of LAKEWOOD is fat.

  8. I go to the gym in shoprite plaza every single day. its great everybody should do the same. they just started some new classes for men.

  9. Rav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg Shlita also holds like that, is he also out of his mind?

    Why are you moderating my comments out? Am i not alowed to quote a gadol???

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