How To Stay Mindful During Exercise
It’s a busy world. You fold the laundry while keeping one eye on the kids and another on the television. You plan your day while listening to the radio and commuting to work, and then plan your weekend. But in the rush to accomplish necessary tasks, you may find yourself losing your connection with the present moment—missing out on what you’re doing and how you’re feeling. Did you notice whether you felt well-rested this morning or that forsythia is in bloom along your route to work?
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in happiness.
We often want to distract ourselves from our workouts, but being mindful during exercise can relieve stress, make you feel good and even make your workouts better.
We know that too much stress can infect every part of our lives and, there are times when our workouts may actually add more of the stuff. Think about those times when you set out to exercise only to spend the entire time clock-watching, rushing through your workout, and/or thinking about all the things you should be doing instead.
When you focus on each exercise, the muscles you’re working, and what you’re actually accomplishing, you get more out of each exercise and each workout.
Here are some more ways you can stay mindful –
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