In the spirit of the Olympic Games, my Lenten discipline is 10 minutes of exercise every day. I went looking for some exercises you can do at your desk, and, lo and behold - WebMD has two pages of them! Warn the church secretary and the nosy volunteers if you're going to go all-out, or, better yet, invite them to join you.
I also noticed this week that the days are getting longer, so walking after work is even possible. Thanks to the blogosphere, I also learned that Google Maps  will give you point-to-point walking directions. Just click the "Get Directions" feature, and open the drop-down menu next to "By car". Don't forget to carry some form of identification with you when you take to the road, and have a bottle of water waiting at the end if you're not carrying one with you.
Finally, for those of you who aspire to, or have achieved, the endurance of a Marine recruit, there's the jump rope, or as our link proclaims, you can "Jump like a girl and burn fat like a mother ." If you're feeling really daring, have the MYF lead the whole congregation in a parking lot jump rope-athon. Just practice a few times beforehand so you look like a natural.
Forty days is a great kick-off to a new habit. Wish us all luck!
Yours in health, goin' for the gold -
Health Programs Director
Clergy Health Initiative