Faith & Fitness: 2 Powerful Ways to Explore this Surprising Connection
Find out about prayer. —Albert Einstein
Prayer is the desire to pray. —Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk
1) Find a quiet spot and get intentional about your time: get clear and calm using a meditation technique like the one we’ve been discussing in New Strength or Headspace.
2) You can sit, or kneel or bow or lie face down on the ground. Your position will be led by your attitude, and vice versa, so pay attention to it and experiment.
Then you can proceed in any number of different ways. Here are a couple options:
1) First, you can contemplate a passage from a devotional. This has the benefit of focusing the mind more deeply than we typically have the opportunity to do in our daily life. Check out “Draw the Circle” and his latest release “Play the Man“ or download the Bible App, if this option is appealing to you. 
2) In devotional prayer, you typically read a brief idea from scripture, then read an author’s interpretation of that idea, and you end with a time of meditation on that idea and how it might impact your life.
Mark Batterson, in Draw the Circle says:
Prayer is the way we write the future. It’s the difference between letting things happen and making things happen. —Mark Batterson, Draw the Circle
A second option is to use the acronym ACTS to focus your thoughts in the following sequence:
1) A-adoration: get into God’s presence. Dwell in his good and perfect love as found in nature or someone or something you love.
2) C-confession: step into the no b.s. zone and get honest about the damage you’ve done to others, to yourself and to the world we live in. Own up to it. Ask God for forgiveness. And commit to changing your behavior. God is faithful always.
3) T-thanksgiving: dwell in gratitude for the good things in your life. The gifts of God.
4) S-supplication: a churchy word that means to ‘ask for stuff, with humility’. Make your desires known to God.
One last tip for your sitting practice.
Just like your workout journal, a prayer journal is a great way to track your progress. To see what works, what doesn’t and to validate your progress as you go along.
If you need a structure for your journal, you could start with 4 simple categories you jot down every day. 1) Gratitude, 2) Concerns, 3) Dreams, 4) Thoughts. Use these in any way that seems logical to you.
A moving practice is similar to a sitting practice, with the obvious exception of the posture of your body.
In a Moving Practice, you MOVE.
Historically, sitting practice made perfect sense as prior to the information age, most of us spent our days on our feet working and moving and so the time spent in stillness was radical enough to shock us into an awareness of the Divine. 
Today, when more and more of us spend our days sitting at desks, in cars, and in front of screens, moving is the radical act, not stillness.
I’ll use running as an example, but the principles apply to many other solitary forms of movement including walking, swimming, bike riding, gardening, hiking, climbing and many more.
JUST ONE EXAMPLE: THE RUN
1) As in a Sitting practice, begin by being intentional: get clear and calm.
2) Then you can use either the devotional technique above or the ACTS acronym to frame your run. Spend just a few minutes as you stretch or just after you’re dressed to run through that mental exercise.
3) And then, you run.
4) As you’re running, use the journey and the rhythm of movement to take you deeper into the present moment, into the now.
5) After you run, in your exercise journal, add the categories as you would in a sitting practice: Gratitude, Concerns, Dreams, Thoughts.