Take a moment and think about where your mind is while you’re working out. Are you focused on your moves or are you thinking about what needs to be done right after your workout? Maybe there are too many distractions around you…your phone or computer staring out at you, longing for attention.
You work out to relieve stress, but how can that be done if, in your mind, you’ve finished your workout before it’s begun? Why even work out? You’re doing yourself more harm than good.
Once in a while, it’s ok to put your headphones on and zone out. It’s a good time to clear your head. But, if you would like to get the most effective workout possible, you need to be mindful of what’s going on with your body.
To be mindful while you’re exercising, mean to be in the moment. To be in the moment means you need to feel each movement of your body, to focus on what muscles are being worked out. When you focus on this, you actually get a better workout and better results from your workout.
This happens because you put thought into each movement. You make sure your form is correct, and your breathing lines up with the movements. Also, you get greater satisfaction in knowing that you’re getting the best results from your workout.
So, how can you accomplish a mindful workout when the world around you is so full of distractions that pull your mind away from the ‘now?’
The first thing you need to do is figure out what you’re looking for, and set a goal. Not a future goal, but one for the workout you’re intending to do right now. What is it you would like to focus on? Your arms, legs, maybe you’re looking for something that will burn calories? Whatever it is, set your mind on that.
If you feel as though your mind is wandering during the workout, remember why you’re doing it.
- Heart health
Your workout is time for you, taking care of you. Slow down and focus on what you’re doing. If your workout is 20 minutes, then savor in that 20 minutes. Work out what what you set your mind to work out.
Remember to breathe. Breathing as you exercise improves your workout and relieves stress. It gives you the strength to get through it, supplying your brain and lungs with the needed oxygen to keep things moving smoothly. If you hold your breath while you’re doing your strength workout or your aerobic routine, you will pass out! Relax and breathe.
One thing you’ve got to know: While you’re exercising, it may be a struggle, and you may at times want to curse out your instructor. However, you WILL be happy at the end.
You will have a sense of accomplishment knowing that you made the most of your workout and with time, you will feel and see the difference in your body and how you feel.
Be mindful while you exercising: it will make a huge difference. See for yourself!
-The Alternative Daily