We are a generation busy distracting ourselves all the time. While having food, studying, when with friends or family, we are just busy somewhere else. And this not only strains our relationship with others but also with ourselves. On the contrary, being fully involved and focused during every work we do not only improves our performance but also keeps serious disorders like anxiety away. Similarly during exercising being mindful can improve your health as well as your mental capabilities. Here are a few yet very important ways through which you can add mindfulness to your exercise routine.
Focus is the key to reaping the real benefits of exercise. Most of us when exercising, is busy listening to our playlist or watching videos. By doing so exercise becomes a mere movement of muscles and cannot liberate your body. The right way is to avoid any distractions during exercise and purely focus on the job. This will help your mind and body to synchronize which is the real purpose of the exercise. This will also reduce mental pressure which was mounting while your mind and body working in opposite directions. And will improve your capability to focus, helpful in other life matters as well.
Listen To Your Body
Always remember, exercise is to improve your body and not to destroy it. Before beginning with your exercise or yoga, feel your body and understand what it requires. If you are not feeling strong enough then opt for some light exercise. Indulge in full-fledged exercise only when your body feels fit and strong for the job. This is where your mindfulness comes into work. Being fully aware of your body requirements and truly involved in the task will make the exercise session worth it. Otherwise not following your body needs will leave your muscles strained and can cause serious injuries as well.
Observe Your Surrounding
The next level of focus is to radiate it outwards. After you have kept your mind free from any sort of distraction and know that your mind and body are synchronized then take this focus to the next stage. Observing the environment and developing a connection will help you stay in the moment. Detach yourself from everything else and attach it to your current surrounding. Either in the gym or running in the woods focus on your environment. This fits best when exercising outdoors and close to nature.
Follow Your Breathing Pattern
Every organ system of our body runs in a rhythm. From our heart rate to the breathing cycle, everything is working in synchronicity. If you have ever noticed your breathing pattern gets adjusted according to the pattern you are lifting dumbbells or weights. No matter running a treadmill or any other exercise equipment, our breathing pattern naturally coordinates. And this natural rhythm can help you focus as well. While exercising, follow your breathing pattern to help anchor in the situation. In this way, your body will be replenishing oxygen in the same pattern as you exercise. Not overdoing it but following it in the background will help add mindfulness to your exercising routine.
Examine The Results
Another way to add mindfulness to your exercise routine is to keep a check on your body after every interval. Examining how your body reacts to the exercise if the goals are being achieved, if the body improving, or if anything is not going right, all these things will keep you involved. Firstly, you get aware of your body which is very important from the health point of view. Secondly, you will be 100% involved in the process. And that is the whole idea of mindful exercise. Knowing the need of your body and acting accordingly will benefit your body perfectly.
Exercising but not being involved is just not done. You need to be very much in the moment to benefit both your mind and body. The best way to go about it is to focus on the environment, eliminate all distractions, know what your body requires, and examine the results. Following these simple yet comprehensive steps will take your exercise to another level. And you will feel the change.
Hope you find this reading helpful!