Lent is a time to prepare your heart for the mystery and majesty of Christ’s death and resurrection that we celebrate on Easter.
You’ve probably heard of people giving up something for Lent. Some call it fasting. People may stop eating chocolate or junk food for these 40 days before Easter. Others may step away from social media during that time.
Though fasting is one of the most traditional practices over Lent, there are certainly other ways to honor this time. Lent is simply about growing closer to Christ and reflecting on the events that we celebrate on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. So instead of giving up something for Lent, you may decide to add an activity to your day that helps you reflect on these events.
As you think about what you might do differently over Lent to help your faith go deeper, consider what may be best for you and your lifestyle. There are many ways to honor the Lenten season. But to help you get started, we’ve put together some ideas.
Here are six practices for Lent that don’t include fasting.
1. Exercise every day.
I know what you’re thinking … this is 40 days to get spiritually healthy, not physically healthy! But the two can be connected. Exercising requires you to set aside time, which opens a door for you to reflect on God’s goodness while you’re doing physical activity. It doesn’t have to be intense cardio or weightlifting either. It could just be a 20-minute walk around your neighborhood. While you’re exercising, thank God for the gift of your body, your breath, your heart and your life.