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Meditation needs no introduction and it’s rather needless to say that this ‘thousands of year old’ technique leads to a plethora of benefits reflecting at different level of our existence. We are here to dress meditation into the new gym wear and talk about how meditation enhances our performance at the gym. Many of us, who love the treadmills, free weights and fast-paced workouts, hold inhibitions about yoga and meditation. We often hear, how yoga is reformative and meditation is transformative, but we bet that no one told you that meditation could help enhance results with weight lifting or a hard cardio session. Did they tell you this?
If you thought who has the time to slip into the Zen mode that is about to change. These benefits of meditation will give a better rush and rip in the gym!
Breath- the real work
Breath is the essence of life and if used in an effective manner can reap far-reaching benefits. With the help of regulated breathing you can expect yourself to perform gazillion times better than an irregular breath. Our trainers keep telling us how to exhale deeply as you crunch up and inhale as you go back down or exhale at the hardest point during weight training etc.
One of the most common and easiest mistake we do during our time in the gym is holding our breath because the body feels a little more stable as we do not let go or let in oxygen. Next time you step into a cardio or perform that overhead press, keep a check on the breath. You would notice it is offbeat most of the times.
Body- The acceptance we lack
The fitness freaks or over workers would relate to this point, especially because of the increased stress level at both personal and professional lives. Due to the unwanted noise in our head and lack of an in-depth connection with our body, we are unable to listen or interpret what our body is trying to tell us at every step during workouts. It is communicating with you every second. With the help of regular meditation practice, you will be able to establish a reformed connection with your body and listen to its needs. Bifurcating lazy from low energy levels or pain from rush, is highly important during an intensive workout session. Where to push harder and where to restrict the effort is a quality of a seasoned fitness expert.
Brain- the biggest muscle to train
At the gym it is not the body you need to conquer, but our mind poses the real challenge. During those reps, just doing one more can be a mental game. With the help of meditation, you bring in a great deal of focus and become increasingly mindful of your actions. The ‘live in the moment’ attitude help to focus on the current move and not be distracted by calorie burn calculations or the act of the next move. Better planning, greater focus and a deeper understanding of your body leads to injury prevention as well. A better form and perfect alignment with enhanced mind-body cognition and you are in for quicker results.
With brain, body and breath in place be assured that you are bringing an A-game at the gym!
When the mundane takes over our spiritual goals and fitness schedule for the day, it makes sense to add some healthy dose of inspiration from wherever possible. Social media platforms can induce us to live in the present and stay motivated as the day progresses to not miss those short 15 minute meditations. The short quotes, soulful pictures or small meditation tips can pave a base for a successful meditation practice every day. And just as we know the 21 day rule, which is, if something is practiced in continuty for 21 days, then the chances of it becoming a habit magnifies. We are hoping to derive some good out of social media in the spiritual arena as well.
These happy-go-lucky accounts will fill up the news feeds with the daily dose of healthy motivation and it is just what the meditation guru commanded.
The richly hued photographs with picturesque images and captivating quotes, Transcendental meditation truly encourages the readers to take a step ahead into soul searching. Ran by a NPO educational organization, this account also has a dedicated site for the readers who wish to explore the depths the tranquil art of meditation has to offer. The site and account both promote the transcendental meditation technique, which can be learnt at different centers spread across the globe.
The Instagram account welcomes the followers and visitors with a healthy quote, ‘Because some questions cannot be answered by Goggle’ followed by a long list of posts, which can become our guide into a more refined attitude and approach towards life. Infusing positivity with every glance, the posts speak about freedom, spirituality, travel, and belief, basically all the good things in life.
The strategy lab offers simple, easy and easy to read and relatable words of motivation for us every day. Kirstin Salmon, the person who manages the account is from New Zealand and believes in keeping life full of positivity and is here to offer us the same.
Promoting peace and oneness through the illustrations, quotes and gestures, this account grant some respite to every one who is in the rat race of contemporary society. Buddha, Yin Yang, universal oneness, chakras, Indian inspiration, thanks to this account, we feel a step closer to achieve our spiritual goals for the day.
An account by the women for the women, the soul sister circle celebrates women power through spiritual oneness. ‘A collective of conscious women united by creativity, a love of life, & a yearning to make a big difference in the world’, let this account be your guide for an inspired day. Healthy and happy mornings are made easier with the soul sister circle.
It’s worth a shot! Isn’t it?
image source: All images are taken from the respective accounts