Myth #10 – Your cardio machine is counting the calories you’re burning.
“It doesn’t mean anything,” said Mark Macdonald, personal trainer and author of “Body Confidence” about the calorie numbers spit out by the cardio machine.
Some machines don’t even ask for your weight or gender.
“It’s not asking your body composition,” he said. “If you’re at 18% body fat, you’re going to burn a lot more than if you’re a female at 35% body fat.”
And how many people know their body fat percentage? The number calculated by your machine is likely not accurate. It is an arbitrary number that gives us the illusion of how much progress we are making.
The same thing can happen with church attendance. The body of Christ – the church – is God’s design and serves many essential purposes; but being an indicator of our spiritual progress is NOT one of them.
You and I know lots of people who have attended church services for years and years but don’t do life any differently than before they attended church. Gathering with others is important as we join to celebrate God, encourage one another and learn from His word. But attendance alone does not equal spiritual progress.
Spiritual progress – living and loving more and more like Jesus – happens as we pursue greater intimacy with the Lord and live it out with our neighbors. A better indicator of our spiritual progress is based on Jesus’ greatest commandment in Matthew 22.