ASK FATHER: Can I workout on Sunday?

Posted February 4, 2018 4:13 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Can I workout on Sunday?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I work in an office for 8 hours each weekday. Any physical activity I can get is a welcome relief. Am I able to work out on Sundays without violating the third commandment?
Let’s turn first to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
2185 On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body. Family needs or important social service can legitimately excuse

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