Moving mindfully is simply connecting with your body in the here and now. It is about noticing how you move with awareness.
The benefits of exercise are far reaching for both mind and body. When you do so in a mindful manner, you can amplify the positive experience.
Here are four simple tips to start moving mindfully:
4. End the session with a body scan and take time to reflect. I like to finish my cool down, lying on the floor connecting with my breathing. I then complete a short body scan starting at my neck and working my way down to my toes. In doing so, I notice any extraneous muscle tension and let it go, coordinating with my out breath. On completion, I notice how my body is contacting the floor and with a sense of gratitude thank it for allowing me the opportunity to move.
Finally, try noticing how your body is feeling at the end of your workout and how this compares to your experience prior to commencing the session. This is a great way of becoming present to some of the benefits associated with regular movement. By doing so you develop your intrinsic motivation that creates a desire to move regularly and create a healthy habit that sticks!
This year I will be offering sessions to those who want to move more mindfully. If this is of interest to you, please contact me :) J
During Melbourne’s hard lockdown (when I was prevented from leaving the city limits), training outdoors was key to me maintaining physical and mental health. Training under my oak tree, and connecting with the family of owls’ that roosted near by, helped ground me and give me a sense of perspective. I became acutely aware that we are a part of something bigger, and that this pandemic will come and go, as Mother Nature has been present for many such encounters.
As I resumed face-to-face training in Fawkner Park this week, I was reminded by why I enjoy training outdoors. The 6am call of our local Kookaburra’s, the smell of freshly cut grass, and the pleasant morning breeze, helped me connect with my environment and ground me in the present. Indeed there is growing research as to the benefits of regular “nature bathing” In this previous article I unpack some of the research and rational behind the need for nature in maintain optimum health and wellbeing.
Of course there are other important benefits for training outdoors. With us still experiencing outbreaks of the virus, and the likelihood that this will continue throughout the year, maintaining physical distance and airflow are key. There are growing concerns of the infectious nature of new variants and how air born transmission is responsible for spreading the virus. This only reinforces my desire to train outdoors for the foreseeable future. This article in the wall street journal outlines the importance of airflow and physical activity.
At Vital Lifestyle the health & wellbeing of our community is paramount. Throughout this COVID normal year I will continue to provide training services outdoors or from the convenience of your home via Zoom :) J.
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