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I enjoy running on a daily basis, but I’m not sure it’s permitted to run on Shabbat. I run for around 15-60 minutes.
Can you run on shabbat?
It depends on the motive:
The Shulchan Aruch OC 301:2 says:
ב. בחורים המתענגים בקפיצתם ומרוצתם מותר וכן לראות כל דבר שמתענגים בו וכן מותר לטייל
My loose translation:
Young people who enjoy running may do so, and also to see something enjoyable. It is also permissible to take a pleasure walk.
See MB there who says it is even muttar lechatchila.
As pointed out in another post, running for exercise is prohibited because of Refuah (healing). (See OC 328).
As always, for practical guidance, be sure to refer to your LOR.
I have heard that if the exertion is unnecessary for Shabbos and it causes you to break a sweat than it is forbidden and in the category of exercise.
When the shulchan aruch says "bachurim" who enjoy jumping around (kfitzasam) and running - the usual sense of that word is "young boys" - not "young people" which nowadays means under 30 or even under 40! I think he means under bar mitzva (13), and for sure not someone in their late teens or later.