"She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms." Proverbs 31:17
As I was looking at different translations for this verse, I realized that a main theme of the Proverbs 31 woman is "work." It seems as if the author stressed that this lady was not lazy and she worked hard to run her household. The first part of this verse basically means that she went about her tasks vigorously and passionately. Colossians 3:23 reads, "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men." This godly woman practiced this long before it was ever written!
(Side Note: As women, most of us know that, if we get sick, usually, we keep going. Our makeup is so different from a man's. Our mindset is to accomplish the tasks at hand, regardless of how we feel. We don't have time to be sick or tired. However, we can logically assume that we don't work to incapacitate us physically or mentally. We do need rest!! So, please realize that it is okay to take a breather once in a while. Our time should be well-spent, but that also includes time with our children, husband, or dear ones close to us. We only have a short time to enjoy them! Believe it or not, we also need to make time for ourselves!)
To continue, let's look at the second part of that verse, "and strengtheneth her arms." So, does she lift weights? No! Because of her work ethic, she has basically put some muscle in her arms. Apparently, that's not a bad thing. Let's look at it this way: how many of us have had children and have had to carry them from time to time? Or, who of us haven't gone into the grocery store, bagged a few items, and, instead of using the cart, we've carried three or four bags on our arms? I'd bet there are quite a few of us who have done that! Our arms have built muscle and strength just by our everyday routine. So, it's probably safe to assume, that while physical exercise profits little spiritually (I Tim. 4:8), it is good for us...and healthy. (Plus, we all want to look good, whether we admit it or not. So, why not use the tasks we accomplish every day to benefit us?!)
To reiterate, let's work as if we are working unto the Lord and not unto men, with passion and vigor! As we do, we are not only accomplishing a task, but keeping our physical bodies strong and healthy.