5 Unique Ways to Combine Prayer and Exercise
“Ora et labora,” means “Pray and work,” and often serves as the motto for monastic communities. The idea of combining work and prayer is an ancient one that can be applied today, but with a twist: “Pray and Work Out.” This combination has many physical and spiritual benefits. First, it saves time by combining two activities that are beneficial for body, mind and soul. Secondly, the melding of prayer and exercise is synergistic - workouts feel less stressful and the time seems to fly when you’re engaging in prayer. Furthermore, the mind clearing effect of exercise helps open the mind for reflection and meditation, enhancing your prayer time. Finally, you are reinforcing two habits. If you already regularly pray or work out, it’s fairly easy to add the other activity to an established routine. If you don’t do either, you really only have to establish one new habit instead of two. Following are five ideas to combine prayer and exercise, a form of multi-tasking that will make both your prayer and your workouts more physically and spiritually rewarding.