of exertion your body is ready for. If you’re particularly tired on a given day, try skipping your run and doing some gentle stretching and mindful walking instead.
4. While stretching, bring your attention right into the area you’re stretching. Close your eyes and take 10 slow breaths, as if you are breathing directly into the muscles you’re stretching. Notice how your focus and breath support your body to open up and expand more easily.
5. During spin class, or when riding your bike, focus your mind on the movements of your leg muscles. Feel your muscles working in unison to peddle the bike. Smile and take a moment to appreciate the miraculous coordination of your body to perform such a task!
Practicing mindfulness while exercising is good for both your body and your mind. The repetitive nature of most exercises provides a perfect training ground for the art of mindfulness. Practice the skills listed above and see the benefits extend beyond the gym to every area of your life!
How do you practice mindfulness throughout your day? Please answer in the comment box below. Your answer might be what someone else needs.