“It is not particularly difficult to find thousands who will spend two or three hours a day exercising, but if you ask them to bend their knees to God for five minutes of prayer, they protest that it is too long.”-Fulton Sheen
A priest friend once told me a good way to judge the balance of prayer and exercise in your life was to examine the amount if time you spend exercising and at least match that with time spent in prayer.
While I’m definitely not spending hours exercising, his reminder helps me try to strike a good balance. I have to make sure that if I’m working towards a specific fitness goal (like running a half marathon or dropping those last pesky 5 lbs) and find myself spending more time and thought on the physical, that I keep it in check and not become consumed. Being a goal driven person it is easy for me to have tunnel vision, being zeroed in on the goals I’ve put before myself. But when I realize that I’m spending an inordinate amount of time (or even thought) on the physical, I can readjust my aim so my perspective regains some balance.
How do you benchmark the balance of time spent in prayer and time spent working out?