Mindfulness can help you during exercise. Mindfulness is simply being aware of your present state, and get you to contemplate, what you do before you do it. Have a look at the 5 tips you can use to benefit from mindful exercise.
Here are 5 mindfulness practices to improve your fitness routine:
While lifting weights, put your full attention on the muscle(s) you are strengthening. Really feel your muscles contract and relax with each repetition. Allow your breath to be slow and steady. As unrelated thoughts arise, let them go and return your attention to your muscles and your breathing.
While running, turn off your ipod and bring your attention to the sound of your sneakers, the rhythm of your breath and the movement of your arms. Notice how you feel during and after your run when practicing mindfulness in this way.
Before a workout, or after your ‘warm up,’ tune in to your body and notice what level of exertion your body is ready for. If you’re particularly tired on a given day, try skipping your run and doing some gentle stretching and mindful walking instead.
While stretching, bring your attention right into the area you’re stretching. Close your eyes and take 10 slow breaths, as if you are breathing directly into the muscles you’re stretching. Notice how your focus and breath support your body to open up and expand more easily.
During spin class, or when riding your bike, focus your mind on the movements of your leg muscles. Feel your muscles working in unison to peddle the bike. Smile and take a moment to appreciate the miraculous coordination of your body to perform such a task!
Practicing mindfulness while exercising is good for both your body and your mind. The repetitive nature of most exercises provides a perfect training ground for the art of mindfulness. Practice the skills listed above and see the benefits extend beyond the gym to every area of your life!
How do you practice mindfulness throughout your day? Please answer in the comment box below. Your answer might be what someone else needs.