Mindful Exercise

As we discussed last week this buzzword mindfulness is very relevant (or should be more relevant) to just about every aspect of your life, from eating through to helping you keep your patience in traffic. This week we are going to be talking about mindful exercise.

Mindful exercise doesn’t just mean going to yoga, and meditating (although both of these things are great!). It is about considering that exercise and health are not linear, it isn’t always about setting goals and achieving them. It is also about simply exercising because that is what you are doing, it is about being in the moment and allowing the serotonin to kick in, and forming healthy habits and routine.

Many people look at exercise as a chore, they do it because the doctor, the health bloggers, or their friends say they should. We live in a society where many people hate exercising, and yet there is also a lot of pressure to be exercising regularly. Exercise can be fun and enjoyed by everyone! There are so many options out there now you can’t honestly say a blatant “I don’t enjoy exercise” simply because you don’t like running or team sport. Mindful exercise is about finding your niche and learning to love it.

Mindful exercise is also about not punishing yourself for taking a day off when your body is aching or you are tired. We need to learn to listen to our bodies and rest when it is needed and well deserved. Remember there are two types of pain in exercise, muscular pain caused by a damn good workout, and injury pain. It is about learning to tell the difference and pushing through one and learning to ask for help if you feel something is not right.

Remember exercise, like eating mindfully is about mind over matter, so remember these tips and get out there and start pushing yourself that little bit further!

If all of a sudden exhaustion is taking over while you are running, or your whole body is shaking as you do weights, this is the time to truly focus. Focus on your breathing thinking about long, slow inhales and exhales. This is also the time when you need to be concentrating on your form and technique the most as tiredness is when we become sloppy. The more time you spend thinking about your breath and considering your technique the less time you will be spending thinking about your body’s exhaustion!