When scrolling through the workouts Aaptiv offers, you may be surprised to see meditation as a category. But, research indicates meditation can have a profound impact on your overall mental health, particularly when paired with exercise.

So whatever your fitness preference—strength training, ab workouts, cardio, yoga -here’s how meditation and exercise work together to benefit your workouts.

Meditation Prepares Your Mind and Your Body for Exercise

More than anything, meditation focuses your attention and energy. Fitness expert Sonja Rzepski suggests meditation can help you get the most out of your workout, so you’re less likely to get bored or experience an injury. It also allows you to stay motivated for exercise and inspires you to be as effective as possible with each workout.

It Only Takes A Couple Breaths To Reap The Rewards of Meditation

As a mind and body practice, meditation shows promise in terms of improving overall health and well-being. Evidence suggests it can lower blood pressure and reduce conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Rzepski adds that it can help the body align itself, as well benefit one’s immune system, promote good sleep, gain perspective, and cultivate a positive mindset.

You Can Do Meditation Standing, Sitting or Lying Down

Though some schools of thought maintain strong opinions on bodily position during meditation, the truth is you can do it while sitting, standing, lying down, or walking. Sitting is often dubbed the best position to meditate. It keeps the body and mind attentive versus the relaxation that occurs when you lay down. However, you should always choose a comfortable position based on your own needs.

Guided Meditation Makes It Easier To Get Started

It may seem strange to use a digital device to turn inward. But, using a guided meditation class like those offered in Aaptiv can encourage the prioritization of mental health as much as physical health

 

Source: aaptiv.com

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