It's all about finding balance – the physical with the spiritual. Obviously we put a lot of emphasis on the spiritual (with good reason) during seasons like Advent, but we cannot neglect our bodies. They are a gift, and we need to be good stewards:
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Cor 6:19-20)For me, good intentions only go so far. I have to make a schedule, otherwise I forget, or I pull a Scarlett O'Hara ("After all, tomorrow is another day!"). Try putting in just 20 minutes a day, or start out with three days a week. Join a class, or run on the treadmill in the basement. Whatever works for you. You'll be less stressed, and – the real reason we exercise – you won't feel quite so guilty about that extra cookie.
For more tips on how to lead a stress-free Advent and Christmas season, read this story.