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Working Out On Shabbat

Updated: Jun 18, 2023

The Daily Halacha Moment - Working Out & Shabbat 💪🏻

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May one work out/exercise on Shabbat?


Strictly speaking, one who exercises, such as doing crunches or pushups etc.., and does so for pleasure, and not in order to break a sweat, is permitted to do so on Shabbat or Yom Tov [1]. However, there are many poskim including Maran Ztzl who write that one should not do so, since it is not in the spirit of Shabbat [2].

Even according to the more lenient opinions, a person may not lift weights on Shabbat, or run in a way that one is trying to break a sweat. [3] Running would be permitted only if one derives pleasure from doing so, but not in order to sweat. [4]

Based On R' Yonatan Nacson's Laws Of Shabbat With Some Additions.


[1]. Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchatah 16:footnote 99.

[2]. Be’er Moshe 6:33; Orchot Shabbat, ch. 20, footnote 221; Ohr Letzion 2:36:12; Yalkut Yosef, vol. 4, p. 169 ; Ashrei Haish O.C:vol. 2, 36:49.

[3]. Chut Shani, Shabbat, vol. 4, p. 151; Yalkut Yosef, vol. 2, p. 450.

[4]. Shulchan Aruch 301:2, Shemirat Shabbat Kehilchatah 16:footnote 99 ; Ohr Letzion 2:36:12.

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