Regardless of how fit you may be, it’s natural to try and distract yourself from carrying out workouts. Pushing yourself to the limit can be intimidating and when you’re not exactly a fitness enthusiast, this may ring even truer. Other problems in your lifestyle could sidetrack you from concentrating on your fitness goals.
Mindfulness could be the answer, as it can help combat stress, make you feel good about yourself and even improve the quality of your workouts.
Mindfulness is a form of meditation which trains your mind to concentrate on the present moment and what you’re doing right now, rather than worrying about the past, the future or being judged. Through regular mindfulness, you may find you’re able to keep your stress levels down and keep a focused mind in your daily life.
In the fast-paced we live in, it’s very easy to get caught up in own obsessive thoughts which prevents us from having productivity and living stress-free. In this case, it’s easy for your fitness goals to be pushed to one side.
All humans already possess the art of mindfulness, so it’s not hard to practice once you’re equipped with the basic tools. While mindfulness is deep-rooted in your subconscious, it can be carried out easily while sitting down, standing and even during exercise.
You may unintentionally zone out of our workouts once you hit the gym. Many people love to blast out their favourite tunes and move their bodies to the beat. However, when you become too distracted from what your physical activity, you’re ultimately allowing your mind to wander into dark places.
By being mindful during workouts, you’ll find you’ll achieve:
Now we’ve covered the basics of mindfulness, we’re going to take a look at how you can integrate it into your workouts:
It’s easy to turn up to the gym without having a plan in place, but that’s only going to make you lose concentration quickly. Before any gym session, have a certain goal in mind. Make a note of the equipment you’re going to use and how long you’re going to spend on each individual workout. Having a clear purpose will give you something to focus on and work towards, which is bound to give you extra motivation.
You may not have much interest in exercising and in this case, it’s easy to neglect your workout session after a long day. By having this attitude, your mind is sure to wander, so you’ll need to keep in mind the reason why you initially decided to boost your fitness and how it will benefit you in the long-term. Some are some motivational thoughts to tell yourself:
While you may enjoy listening to music as you work out, you aren’t paying enough attention to your body. As part of mindfulness practice, it’s important to concentrate on the physical – such as the sound of your breathing, your sneakers moving beneath you and the movement of your body. All these factors will allow you to feel in the present moment and prevent you from thinking negatively.
During weightlifting, pay close attention to the muscles you are using. With each movement, focus on the feel of your muscles strengthening and relaxing. If you notice your mind start to feel with negative thoughts, turn your attention back to your physical activity and block them out.
You’ve set time aside to carry out this workout session, so don’t feel the need to rush your way through it. Feeling stressed through your workout session isn’t going to make it a fun experience, so it’s always best to plan your session in advance. This way, you won’t feel guilty that you should be spending this time doing other things. Take your time during each set. Focus on your posture, alongside each movement and contraction in order to achieve the best results.
It’s just as important to be mindful once your workout has ended. Remember all the hard work you’ve done throughout your session and how you kept your mind focused. Give yourself a pat on the back for pushing your way through your session and aim to keep up a positive mindset. If you can find a space to do so, find a place to lie down so you can cool off and gather your thoughts.