For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
A training program of exercise can have great benefits for our physical health. The apostle Paul was not minimizing the “profits” of bodily exercise, but he was emphasizing how much more important spiritual exercise can be.
God’s way of life—living in a godly way by obeying God’s laws in the letter and the spirit—produces good things in this life but has even greater promises for the life “which is to come”—eternal life in God’s Kingdom.
For more about the benefits of God’s laws, see “The 10 Commandments for Today.”