When you don’t want to get out of bed

You’ve set the alarm, packed your bag, maybe even slept in your gym clothes, but you still hesitate when the beep, beep, beep starts to sound. Take the advice of St. Josemaria Escriva, who saw the virtues of making everyday moments holy: get going right away and offer it up.

“The Heroic Minute: Here you have a mortification that strengthens your will and does no harm to your body.” - St. Josemaria Escriva

When you can’t decide—cardio or strength training?

Even when he wasn’t welcomed where he desired to preach the Gospel, St. Patrick trusted in God. He found other ways to approach people who needed to hear God’s word and eventually baptized thousands, teaching them the rightful place of God in their lives. When Christ is the center,  you’ll find your way.

“May the strength of God pilot us, may the wisdom of God instruct us, may the hand of God protect us, may the word of God direct us. Be always ours this day and for evermore.” - St. Patrick

When you start something new

Training for a new distance or trying a new form of exercise can be intimidating. If you haven’t done something before, how do you know you’ll succeed? St. John of the Cross understood the value of courage and perseverance, and these virtues of the spiritual life can translate to the physical, too.

“Though the path is plain and smooth for men of good will, he who walks it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty, if he does not have good feet: that is, courage and a persevering spirit.” - St. John of the Cross

When you stop having fun

Ideally, exercise shouldn’t feel like a chore. It may be challenging, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find fun in it. Consider the fruits of your labors and rejoice in the benefits to come!

“As long as faith gives me strength, I will always be joyful.”  - Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

When you hit a wall

In any training, there’s going to come a moment when you feel you can’t go on. It’s then that you have to ask yourself: are you content where you are, or do you want to see what comes next?

“Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring.” - St. Catherine of Siena

When you get discouraged

Saying “yes” to one thing often means saying “no” to something else. When it comes to fitness, that “no” could be to a night out with friends, another hour of sleep in the morning, or that extra scoop of ice cream. Keeping your goal in mind will make the sacrifice feel less dramatic.

“Teach us to give and not count the cost.” - St. Ignatius of Loyola

When you get caught up in your stats

Ultimately, the goals of fitness ought to be an able body that can perform your duties and a mind that’s active and ready to serve God. Improving your time or how many reps you can complete are a means to an end, but with the help of St. Vincent de Paul, remember that they’re not the end in themselves.

“You must ask God to give you power to fight against the sin of pride which is your greatest enemy—the root of all that is evil, and the failure of all that is good. For God resists the proud.” - St. Vincent de Paul

When you need hope

Never in this life are you alone. God is always with you, and He always wants to help you. Whatever trial you’re facing, remember that He’s beside you. He loves you. He’s on your team. Welcome Him, and receive His grace.

“Tribulation is a gift from God—one that he especially gives His special friends.” - St. Thomas More