A Training Prayer

"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." --1 Timothy 4:8

Read: 1 Timothy 4

Life is not about the body, but our health is a means of praise. So this week, before that first rep, regardless of what workout you are taking to the gym with you, take a few moments and whisper this prayer, quietly taking stock of the ultimate goal: to honor the One who created you.

Lord, please bless my workout. As I train my arms, let it remind me that I'm held tightly in Yours. As I work my legs, let it be only to follow you more closely. When I work my chest, may it be safely under a breastplate of righteousness. And when I hit my back, I'll recall that I'll never be attacked by surprise. And finally Lord, allow my beating heart to grow stronger, knowing that's exactly where You live. Yes Lord, please bless my workout. I'm a temple, here to worship.

In Jesus' name, I train, Amen.

--Jimmy Peña

THE JOYS OF SOY New research shows additional benefits to this maligned protein source

Soy protein, which is derived from soybeans, has been mischaracterized as a testosterone-blunting, inferior protein source that can do little to speed muscle recovery. But Jim Stoppani, PhD, co-author of "PrayFit: Your Guide to a Healthy Body and a Stronger Faith in 28 Days" says that soy is, in fact, has been proven an effective protein source by over a dozen studies.

"These previous studies also demonstrated that soy protein led to gains in muscle mass equivalent to whey protein," Stoppani adds.

And new research in the journal Nutrition showed soy to be effective at reducing stress, improving brain circulation and boosting immunity.

>> Try mixing in 10 grams of soy protein with your 10-20 grams of whey post-workout to start increasing muscle recovery and boosting brain health.

For more from Jim Stoppani, PhD, visit his website at www.jimstoppani.com.