Mindful Fitness: A Guide to Incorporating Mindfulness Into Your Daily Workout Routine - a guest post from Jesse Silkoff, of FitnessTrainer.com
These days, our minds are constantly running in the background. Where did I put my keys? Did anyone like my post yet? Am I going to be late on that project? We’re juggling so many thoughts and distractions that it’s safe to say that our brains get the best workout of any part in our body.
But all that static starts to take a toll: stress and anxiety can hasten the onset of aging-related memory issues, and in the short-term, contributes to unhealthy behaviors like overeating and disrupted sleep.
So we’re pretty tense as a nation, on the whole. And for many of us, exercise is our go-to stress management strategy. Many Americans use their fitness routine as their chief stress reduction technique. And it’s no wonder: multiple studies report that physical activity relieves anxiety and lowers the stress response in the body.
Mindfulness practice offers many of these same benefits. Mindful meditation has been shown to be an effective technique to manage anxiety and depression, because it teaches participants to recognize harmful recurring thoughts and acknowledge destructive patterns. Knowing that both mindful meditation and exercise help soothe stress and anxiety, is it possible to harness both methods at once? The answer is a resounding “yes!” Here’s how to do it.
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