Ways to Utilize Meditation Before a Workout. written by: best0fall Meditation and relaxation are not something that comes to mind when you are thinking about working out, but meditation can complement a workout quite well. Here is a simple meditation to practice before you exercise. Train your mind as well as your body!
This meditation is best done in a lying position rather than sitting or standing. Lie down in a quiet place with your arms relaxed at your sides and your palms facing upwards. You must concentrate on your breathing and be practicing “belly” breathing. If you tend to breathe shallowly from the chest, put your hand on your chest initially to ensure it is not rising. Push your belly outward as you breathe in, use it to push the air into your lungs with your diaphragm, exaggerate this movement initially until it becomes a habit. When you breathe out, pull your belly in pushing your breath out. Concentrate on just doing this for a few minutes until you feel relaxed.
When you are in a state of relaxation, use your mind to envision your body and how it will look because you are exercising. Think about the body you desire and envision it. Think of each body part and how it will look. Imagine your legs, abdomen or arms, firm and toned. Use your mind’s eye to see these changes. You should start to feel excitement about these changes. Enjoy this feeling and revel in it.
Practice this meditation every day to reap the benefits. It is so simple and will only take you 5 – 10 minutes depending on how deeply relaxed you become.
Relaxing your body before a workout can be quite beneficial. Many people enjoy a relaxing stretch and soft meditation after a hard workout. Think about turning this around and doing it before. I often do a yoga class with a little lying down meditation right before a working exercise class. I just find it invigorates me. My body is stretched and relaxed and ready to take on the hard work!
Workout Routines – 3 Things You Should Do Before Your Workouts.
Getting motivated to exercise is not an issue for some, but for many of us it requires a certain mindset and environment to Getting UP and Gets Started! There are a few things we can all do to make this task easier, more efficient, and most importantly, more fulfilling. Here I will suggest 7(out of hundreds) things we should before start working on our DNA extraction, a.k.a. SWEATING!
Getting motivated to exercise is not an issue for some, but for many of us it requires a certain mindset and environment to Getting UP and Gets Started! There are a few things we can all do to make this task easier, more effective, and most importantly, more fulfilling. Here I will suggest 3(out of hundreds) things we should do before we start working on our DNA extraction, a.k.a. SWEATING!
Create the Right Environment
Are the kids screaming around the house? Is there a lawn that needs mowed and you’re feeling guilty about it? Does the phone keep ringing? While we can’t always have the perfect place at the perfect time to work out, we can do a few things that can maximize the mood. You are not going to have a good workout with other distractions whether they are physical or mental. Exercise in a clean room. If you are doing yoga or a more meditative exercise, set that mood with candles or relaxing sounds.
Have your spouse or a relative take the kids out for an hour so you can have peace of mind knowing you don’t have to worry about what they might be getting into. Find a gym that offers childcare – Many YMCA’s offers this for free! Also, take care of what needs to be done so you can clear your mind and concentrate on your workout. Your body will thank you for it.
To Eat, or Not To Eat
So what and when should you eat before a workout? Ask 100 “experts, ” and you’ll get 100 different answers on the matter. One thing is without question, however, and that is food takes the time to break down into the tiny components all your little body parts count on. And each food has their time frame regarding how long they take to do this. Another thing to consider is that energy is required to do this breakdown and some argue that when you eat before workouts, your body switches energy priorities over to the workout instead of the digestion. Personally, I do not eat before exercising, usually waiting at least 2 hours before doing so, but if you are someone who crashes in the middle of a workout, then you might want to consider a small snack 30 minutes before.
Stretching the Truth
Everyone knows that you should always do a good stretch before exercising right? But why do we do it? The main reason has always been to reduce the chance of injury, but like all things, there are yet another 100 different opinions on the subject. There have been military studies that show stretching does microscopic to lower injury risk, and then other studies that show it helps with muscle injuries but not bone… blah blah! I choose to listen to my body and a hundred-year-old tradition of stretching. If anything, it at least improves flexibility which is always a good thing, especially as we get older.
There are many stretches to choose from, but there are essentially two types to choose from: Ballistic Stretches and Static Stretches. Ballistic stretches use motion and momentum in a particular pattern to warm up those muscle groups and get that good red stuff flowing to all the right places. It’s important to note here that these types of stretches can result in injury if done with too much force so pace yourself with these. Static stretching is the types of stretches most of us are familiar with. They are done by extending a muscle group as far as it can comfortably go and holding it for a set amount of time. This type of stretch is usually safer to do and increases flexibility, but it can also tire you out faster so if your exercise type is very strenuous it might be good not to overdo it.
Hopefully, you can use some of these ideas to magnify your exercise experience. Working out is hard enough without all the unneeded distractions and bad habits we can often find ourselves in. After time you will develop your patterns that will soon become Good habits… and good health!