Active Prayer 

By: Nancy Belmont, Director of Faith Formation

If you are a member of our Facebook group, you might have seen my live video on March 25 about active prayer resources. If you didn’t witness me shivering while experiencing an upstate New York “spring,” check out these links to help you get moving in body and the Spirit!

1) The Rosary Workout 

This book, by an Air Force veteran and certified personal trainer, recounts the history of the Rosary and encourages readers to integrate strenuous exercise techniques with meditative prayer. If your runs have been getting stale, read this for a challenge for body and soul.

2) Rosary High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workout for Runners

Inspired by the book above, this is a 24-minute walk/jog/run/sprint exercise that will put more pep in your step, breaking up your running routine.

3) Soul Core 

Soul Core is prayerful stretching to the Rosary and Stations of the Cross, available for online streaming or on DVD.

4) Pietra Fitness 

“A Retreat for Body and Mind,” Pietra Fitness is prayerful stretching via online streaming or DVD; it has a detailed Lenten Challenge, offering a variety of exercises for this season.   

5) UPDATE: The YouTube Rosary Workout 

I discovered this right before I went on Facebook Live, so I couldn’t testify to its effectiveness. One of our commenters lauded its usefulness, so I tried it. I thought these workouts would be “cute”—they’re intense! These are cardio, strength training, and stretching workouts set to the mysteries of the Rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet. Honestly, I was missing my gym and feeling discouraged by my in-home workouts. This YouTube channel has breathed fresh air into my exercise routine. All postures are linked to the mysteries, which keeps me going. As a busy mom, volunteer, and employee, I am very grateful that this workout permits me to multi-task. I feel accomplished and refreshed in body and spirit when I complete each workout.