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!