A simple definition of mindfulness is bringing awareness to the present moment. When you bring mindfulness to your workouts, you’re more likely to move more efficiently, get a more effective workout, and even decrease your risk for an injury.
Here are a few ways to take a more mindful approach to your workouts:
1. Use your warm-up to transition your focus away from daily life.
Suppose you show up for a workout after a stressful morning or day. In that case, it’s hard to immediately shift your attention away from your daily life. Give yourself some time to transition your focus to your workout. The warm-up is an excellent opportunity to do this. Pay attention to your body and your movements, and let everything else go for the next thirty to sixty minutes.
2. Pay attention to your breathing.
If you have a hard time focusing on the present moment, it’s helpful to pay attention to your breathing. You might even recognize that you sometimes end up holding your breath during your workout. If you find that is true, pay attention to breathing with steady inhales and exhales.
3. Have an intention for your workout.
It’s common to start a yoga class with the instructor asking you to set an intention for your practice. The same benefits of setting an intention can apply before starting any workout. Think about what you’d like to accomplish and focus on that throughout your workout. Rather than just going through the motions, setting an intention can help you get more out of your workout.
4. Be aware of your inner dialogue.
Have you ever listened to how you talk to yourself as you work out? Are most of your thoughts positive, or are they negative? If you notice that your inner dialogue is made up quite a bit of negative self-talk, use your awareness of that to reframe your thoughts into something more productive.
5. Notice when you’re distracted.
Where does your mind go as you workout? Are you thinking about your movements, breathing, fitness goals? Or do you wonder what you’re going to have for dinner that night? When you get distracted, because it will happen, practice bringing your focus back to your workout.
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