Exercising Body and Spirit

Exercising So I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a lot of time to exercise.  We have never joined a gym or hired a personal trainer.  We don’t own any home exercise equipment besides a few exercise videos and exercise bands.  My husband is fortunate enough to have work out classes offered at work so that he can stop by before work, after work or occasionally during lunch, to exercise with a trainer.  But I have to get creative with my exercise at home, especially with busy kids around.

That said, I also don’t have much time to sit down and reflect on passages of the Bible or pray a full rosary with the beads trickling through my fingers.  I’d love to sit in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour but cute little piglets will take wing before that happens any time in the next few years.  So I have to get creative with my spiritual life too.

One way that I have done this is by combining the two!  Sounds crazy, right?  Just crazy enough to work!  This is how it works out for me.  My key is, though, that my kids have to sleep until 6:30.  I wake up around six, pull myself out of bed and start my day with the creed.  By the time I have focused enough, I get through the Our Father and the first three Hail Mary’s of the rosary.  Now it’s time to get to work.

Rather than exercise by counting reps, I exercise by the decade.

The first set of Hail Mary’s – I work my legs.

Second and third – my hips, right and left.

By the time I get to the fourth decade, it’s time to do planks and boy, do I hate those.  I can make it to the seventh Hail Mary before I collapse.

And then the fifth decade – devoted to sit ups.rosary2

I know that it sounds crazy, but a rosary only takes 15 to 20 minutes and that’s about all the time I have for exercising too.  The repetitions don’t take much mental effort to perform and I am able to concentrate on the mysteries, or people who need prayers as I recite all of the prayers of the rosary.  And I find that, with the prayers, I’m able to stretch my body a little further than I thought that I could.  And free up my mind to reach God a little earlier than I thought I could!

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