Fitness enthusiasts focus on bettering themselves by staying active, whether that is running to lose weight, lifting to build muscle strength, conditioning to advance athletic skills, etc. Another great way to stay active is by practicing mindfulness. This includes activities such as yoga, meditation, and stretching. With full-time work schedules, workout routines, social lives, and all other responsibilities, the average person only really gets to relax for about 43 minutes a day. By being able to incorporate mindful activities into your workout routine, not only will you improve your physical health and abilities, but you will also see an improvement in your psychological health.
According to the American Institute of Stress, 77 percent of people suffer from physical health issues, and 73 percent suffer from mental health issues, due to stress. Physical problems, such as headaches, high blood pressure, and muscle tension or pain can stem from stress and decrease your desire to exercise. In addition, high levels of stress can lead to anxiety and depression. By making time for active recovery, both your body and mind will be significantly healthier. To start becoming more mindful, join iFit’s Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Series with iFit Guide Dr. Shauna Shapiro, who will provide tips on how to sleep better, manage stress, and stay positive!
Practicing meditation is the best way to calm the mind and bring your awareness fully into the present. Try iFit’s audio Strengthen the Mind Meditation Series with iFit Guide Kevin Courtney for more tips on how to start. Meditation can reduce feelings of negativity, like anger and sadness. As a fitness advocate, you can also benefit from an improvement in focus and an increase in motivation! You can start with as little as one minute of practice daily, and the long-term benefits make it worthwhile. Having a healthier mindset will boost your immune system, increase your pain tolerance, and decrease your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
You can also participate in physical activity during meditation when doing yoga. Yoga is a combination of physical postures, breathing control, and mindful-based meditation. The practice not only brings your mind into full consciousness, which can decrease mental health issues, like panic disorder, it also improves flexibility and mobility, enhances strength, and betters heart and lung function. The constant stretching allows your body to become more elastic, which can decrease your overall pain level. You can practice yoga in places such as the studio, your backyard, at the summit of a mountain, or even at the beach! To start your yoga journey, try iFit’s Heartward Yoga Series to get started!
Yoga is an active way to stretch out your muscles, which is important to do after any workout. Taking time to stretch reduces your risk of injury, as well as improving your performance and the range of motion of your joints. You know you have a solid lower-body workout when you can barely walk afterward, but it is crucial to spend 5 to 10 minutes to stretch and relieve your sore muscles.
To improve your mind, body, and soul, participate in iFit’s September Challenge, which includes a mix of audio workouts to get you started on your journey to mindfulness!