Meditation has been used throughout time as a way to exercise and relax the mind. There are many benefits linked to meditation. The biggest two are that meditation can improve focus and lower stress.
Did you know that there is also a third major benefit to meditation that makes meditation and fitness go hand-in-hand? It can help increase your overall meditation when you’re on a diet and exercise routine.
There are many additional benefits that medication can provide when you combine nutrition, meditation and fitness.
Meditation and Fitness – Meditation’s Effects
Meditation’s main objectives are to relax both your mind and body, promote a feeling of well-being and peace, and to reduce and release stress built-up over time. Once you achieve meditation’s main benefits you’ll be more calm, have less stress, and be able to have more control over your body and mind.
How to Meditate
When it comes to meditation, think of it as the opposite of exercise. While exercise is meant to release endorphins, raise your heart rate, and speed up your metabolism. Meditation is meant to lower your overall heart rate, lower your breathing, and will reduce an unwanted chemical in your body called cortisol. Cortisol is a chemical that is related to overeating and stress. Lowering this chemical in your body may contribute to weight loss.
To meditate you don’t necessarily have sit down, cross your legs indian style, and hold out your hands. All you have to do is simply close your eyes, tune out the world, and practice deep slow diaphragmatic breathing.
The goal when your meditating is to relax yourself by breathing slow, closing your eyes, and clearing your thoughts and surrounding noise. You want to take yourself to a calm and peaceful place. As a beginner your thoughts will typically wander off, but through practice you can guide your thoughts more easily.
Many athletes who meditate tend to prefer to do a pre-workout meditation alongside with stretching prior to working out. You can do a pre-workout meditation in your car before you go into the gym or even inside before you start your routine. It doesn’t have to be a long meditation session to experience the benefits from it. You can spend a minute or two to relax your body and begin your workout refreshed.
By doing a pre-workout meditation you’ll be able to build up your focused and be more relaxed. By being more relaxed you can be less prone to injury while you’re working out because when you’re too tense while working out you can easily pull your muscles.
Meditation Motivation – Where Meditation and Fitness Cross Paths
One of the greatest benefits I find meditation to provide is to give you a boost of motivation when you need it most. I find when I lack the motivation to continue my diet or workout, a simple 5 minute meditation session is all I need to get fully motivated again to push on.
The secret to harnessing the power of meditation for motivation is to guide your thoughts to what your end goal will be and allow your imagination to come through in your meditation. After all, imagination is your mind’s ability to see things before they happen. Now that’s powerful stuff. Use it to your advantage to keep your mind focused at your end goal and you can draw on that motivation at will when you need it the most.
Do you include meditation into your fitness routine?