Meditation and Exercise

 
 

Meditation day to day

Over the last year or so I’ve been encouraging my clients to practice a little bit of meditation before there day starts, in the middle of the day or at night time before bed. When I first started looking into meditation I was a bit skeptical about it all but I decided to try it out anyway. Initially I couldn’t sit still for a minute without my mind wondering and getting agitated, when this happened I just brought my attention back to my breath. I built up to 5 mins and I noticed on the days I did meditate, I felt more focused on activities I had to perform, I felt calm and grounded and I had a much more positive attitude towards obstacles I was facing.

Meditation and exercise

Training can be used as a form of meditation as movement follows breath. When you are focusing on your breathing and the movement you are performing, you are in the present moment. You aren’t thinking about the meeting you have in 2 hours, or picking up the kids from school. This is how exercise needs to be done, fully aware and fully present of how your body is moving and feeling as you’ll get the most out of your workout.

How to get started

There are many resources out there, books, youtube, etc. I usually get on to youtube and pick a 5, 10 or 30 minute guided meditation, depending on the time I have available.

Some benefits of meditation are:

  • Body performs better during exercise
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Decreases muscle tension
  • Helps to control overthinking
  • Helps in decision making
  • Helps to control anxiet