Practicing exercise mindfulness has exploded over the last few years. By definition, mindfulness is the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
This could be anything from mindful eating, mindful meditating… even mindful exercising.
That’s right, it is possible to practice mindfulness while you exercise. This will help you reap the benefits of your workout not just physically, but mentally as well.
In this video, Wellbeats instructor Mark shares 6 ways to practice mindfulness and meditation for your next workout:
00:06 hi I'm mark today I'm going to show you
00:09 six different ways to incorporate
00:11 meditation into your workout these tips
00:14 I'm going to show you will help you feel
00:16 strong both mentally and physically
00:19 ready let's dive in number one before
00:23 you workout pause and consider your why
00:26 why are you working out what is your end
00:29 goal try to be specific maybe it's to
00:33 relieve stress after a long day of work
00:34 maybe it's to feel strong after a tough
00:38 whatever it is remind yourself why
00:40 you're here and what you hope to get out
00:43 of your workout number two before your
00:46 workout take an extra minute and unplug
00:49 get rid of all the noise the little
00:52 distractions turn off notifications on
00:54 your phone close the door put your
00:57 earbuds in do it ever you can do to
01:00 cancel out the noise around you so you
01:02 can focus your mind on your workout
01:06 number three during your workout tap
01:09 into your body and really feel how it's
01:12 moving and being worked notice the
01:14 squeezing of your muscles the deep
01:16 inhale and exhale pay attention to all
01:19 you feel in your body during your
01:22 workout number four don't forget to
01:26 breathe even during the more challenging
01:29 moments use your breath to guide you
01:31 through your workout notice it will help
01:36 push you just a little bit further by
01:39 focusing on your breath number five
01:42 exercise kindness avoid negative
01:46 self-talk instead of I'm not good enough
01:49 or I can't do this flip the script with
1:51: phrases like I may not be good enough
01:55 yet but I'm gonna try anyway number six
01:59 your body can do more than you think it
02:02 can we are stronger than we think we are
02:05 keep that in mind when things get really
02:07 stressful take a deep breath and keep on
02:10 going I hope you enjoyed learning these
02:14 six new ways to use meditation to
02:16 maximize your workout and reap the
02:19 benefits not just physically but
02:20 mentally as well until next time well
02:23 beads fans keep calm stay strong and
02:27 I'll see you in our next video
Before Your Workout
1. Reflect on your “why”.
Why are you working out today? What is your end goal? Try to be specific. Maybe it’s to relieve stress after a hectic day in the office. Maybe it’s to feel content with your body so you can be the best version of yourself for your kids. Whatever it is, pause and give yourself just a few seconds to self-reflect on why you are choosing to workout today.
2. Get rid of the noise around you.
This could include turning off notifications on your phone, shutting the door, even turning up the music. Do whatever it takes to get you in the zone and focus solely on crushing your workout.
During Your Workout
3. Pay attention to how your body feels.
Maybe it’s feeling specific muscles being worked in each movement. Maybe it’s feeling the sweat forming on your forehead after a few cardio bursts. Just the act of simply being aware of your body can take your workout to a new level.
4. Focus on your breathing.
We can sometimes hold our breath by accident during high-intensity exercises. Use your breath to guide you through those challenging moments during a workout.
5. Be kind to yourself.
Avoid any negative self-talk while you exercise. No picking apart your body or comparing to others. Instead, practice thinking positive affirmations throughout your workout such as “I am stronger than I was yesterday” or “With this workout, I am already a step closer to my goal”.
6. Remember: your body can do more than you think.
Our bodies are made to move. Try not to limit yourself and when you feel like giving, try letting your body take one more rep or stride. Who knows, you may just surprise yourself.
We hope you enjoyed these 6 different ways to practice mindful exercising. Give one (or all of them!) a try and let us know if you notice any difference in your workout.
If you’re looking for other ways to connect mind and body, check out this chair yoga video here.