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  • Dr. Norbert Martin, DPT

Mind and Muscle: The Surprising Benefits of Combining Fitness and Mindfulness

Updated: Feb 17, 2023

Have you ever noticed how a tough workout can leave you feeling mentally refreshed, as well as physically exhausted? Or maybe you’ve found that a yoga class has a way of quieting your mind, even as it strengthens your muscles. These are just a few examples of the powerful intersection between fitness and mindfulness.

Incorporating mindfulness into your fitness routine can have a profound impact on your overall wellbeing. By bringing awareness to your movements and breath, you can tap into a deeper level of motivation, reduce stress, and enhance your physical performance.

Think about it: How often have you pushed yourself through a grueling workout without even being present in the moment? Or perhaps you’ve found your mind wandering during a yoga class, missing out on the full benefits of the practice. When you bring mindfulness to your fitness routine, you’re able to focus on the present moment and connect with your body in a deeper way. This can not only increase your motivation, but also reduce stress and anxiety.

"Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness can lower cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress. By bringing mindfulness to your fitness routine, you can maximize the stress-reducing benefits of exercise, improving your overall health and wellbeing." 

So how exactly can you incorporate mindfulness into your fitness routine?

One simple way is to start each workout with a few minutes of deep breathing and meditation. Focus on your breath and let any distractions fall away. As you progress through your workout, try to stay aware of your movements and breathe deeply, keeping your mind in the present moment.

Another approach is to try a mindfulness-based fitness practice, such as yoga or tai chi. These practices incorporate both physical movements and mindfulness techniques, providing a powerful combination for improving your overall wellbeing.

In conclusion, the intersection of fitness and mindfulness is a dynamic combination for boosting motivation, reducing stress, and improving overall health and wellbeing. So why not give it a try? Start small by incorporating a few mindful breathing exercises into your fitness routine or try a mindfulness-based practice such as yoga or tai chi. You may be surprised by the powerful impact it can have on your mind and body!


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