Applying Mindfulness to Exercise and Health

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Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but it can be burdensome to work out when you don’t make time for yourself. Working on mindfulness exercise means that at the end of your workout session, you’ll have less stress and feel better mentally as well. 

Mindfulness exercise helps to improve your workout performance, because it prevents distractions, like thinking about how hard the next set is going to be, or what’s for dinner later on after working out.

In this article, we’re going to discuss the benefits of mindfulness exercise, and how to practice mindfulness in exercise and health. 

Benefits of Mindfulness Exercise

Better Mental Health 

When mindfulness is combined with exercise, it can lead to a wide range of improvements. It has been shown that mindful exercises are able to improve stress levels and depression in people who participate. In addition, these same practices also have the ability to increase one’s sleep quality as well their mental health overall. 

Improved Physical Health 

What if the best way to keep your heart healthy is simply by paying attention? Mindfulness exercise has been linked with significantly improved cardiovascular health, and can even improve your breathing, heart rate, and parasympathetic activity. Certain activities such as yoga or Pilates have shown an increased benefit for bodily functions when practised in conjunction with mindfulness. This calming effect helps reduce stress levels which ultimately leads to better vascular function.

Stronger Commitment to Exercise and Health 

One of the benefits of mindfulness is that it helps you stay committed to your workout routine. It isn’t always easy when it comes to exercise and health, but with mindful practices like meditation and yoga, staying motivated becomes easier than ever before!

Higher Levels of Satisfaction

Working out is not always easy but it’s worth the payoff. When you’ve done your exercise for the day, it feels good to know that you’re taking care of yourself and making progress in your health goals. You feel calm yet energized knowing that all those reps are paying off!

How to Practice Mindful Fitness

Found a way to find flow in your workout? It’s all about staying present and focusing on what you’re doing.

Ever feel like the world is dragging you down with its distractions, but can’t drag yourself back up? The key to finding flow during your workouts might be easier than it sounds. To stay focused on what matters (namely: being fully engaged), try these three simple steps: 

  1. Have a purpose for each mindfulness exercise – Having a purpose is one of the keys to happiness. It gives you something to focus on, work for and feel good about – not just in your head but also in your heart. When we are working towards our goals it feels like someone has lit up an entire pathway that leads directly to success.
  1. Pay attention to your body – You’ll never get anywhere if you just sit there. It’s time to put your body into action and push yourself towards the finish line – literally! Push-ups, squats, lunges are all exercises that work out multiple muscle groups at once so it doesn’t matter which one takes precedence in each set; what matters is being mindful of how each movement feels as you go through a series or routine.
  1. Remember why you’re exercising – If you find yourself rushing through exercise, thinking of all the things that are waiting for your attention as soon as this workout is over. Remember why it’s important to do your workout. Reflect on why you have made exercising such an integral part of life? How does doing so make you feel like you’re winning at something every day?

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