Four percent of something doesn’t sound like much, right?

Think about it.

If someone asked you for four percent of your lunch, you would probably pass that spoonful right on over.

Four percent of your dollar? A few pennies doesn’t seem like a huge loss.

What about four percent of your day?

One hour. That’s all it takes to invest in the blessing of the body God gave you with some exercise.  A walk. A run. A fitness DVD. A class at the gym.

Too often, we find a million excuses not to commit just four percent of our day to investing in our health. Even five years into this journey, it’s still a mind game I have to play with myself, too.  Sometimes I win.  Sometimes, I wind up on the couch.

If we’re not careful, everything becomes a priority over that all important four percent. The job. The kids. The husband. The wife. The dog.  The latest episode of the Mindy Project….

Here’s the thing. Taking care of yourself by moving your body more helps guarantee that you will be here to take care of everyone else.

The numbers do not lie. Most of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. – heart disease, stroke and cancer – are all tied to our lack of exercise and poor eating choices. The good news is we can use the God-given blessing of free will to live longer and healthier lives.  All it takes is four percent.

Can your spare the time?