Bring Mindfulness to the Gym
Mindfulness does have multiple benefits on our frame of mind and everyday routines so why dont we include it in exercise. Our mental health goes hand in hand with the physical.
Think about all the times you’ve focused on how others look through a workout or how you just wanted the work out by with and done. You’ll find you’re actually too distracted and do not really pay attention to your technique, resulting in a less effective workout or risk of injury.
The mind will naturally drift in and out of thoughts whilst you’re working out. The key to mindfulness is to recognise when this happens and bring yourself back to the body and the moment.
Here’s a few tips to use during workouts.
1. Warm Up
Instead of mindlessly getting through the same routine in no particular set time, start to stretch, noticing the bodily sensations and thoughts that appear. When the mind is given time to wander, return to the area of the body being stretched or warmed up. perhaps think about what you will do in this work out or hope to improve on. Take your time. Your out of the working environment for your company. Your now working for you.
2. Focus on your purpose
If you find yourself thinking about everything you need to do instead of working out, remind yourself that you deserve to take care of yourself, and it’s going to make you feel calmer and relaxed.
3. Enjoy this time, take your foot of the pedal.
You’ve set aside this time to work out so make the most of it. Take the time to appreciate every moment and bodily sensation. You can then work the hardest you possibly can whilst there.
4. Breathe Deeply
It sounds simple, but if you find your mind wandering, take a minute to close your eyes and take a few deep breaths – it’s the quickest way to alleviate stress and set your mind back on the task at hand. When your mind wanders, always return to the breathe and centre yourself. In time you will automatically do this with practice. This increases your focus and the enjoyment and experience of working out
5. Wind Down
Take 10 minutes to stretch, do some belly breathing and do a five minute meditation. Just sit quietly, focus on the in breath for 10 counts and then switch to the out breath for 10, cultivate gratitude to yourself for all the hard work your body’s just done and what you have experienced.
Bring mindfulness with kindness and non-judgement to your work out. After all it’s your downtime.
Explore and enjoy.