Meditate Your Way to a Fit Mind & Body in 2017
With the New Year here it’s the perfect time to re-evaluate your goals and set intentions going forward.
For a lot of people, resolutions include getting and staying healthy. This year you will not have to do all that “goal-getting” on your own.
Working out and eating lean, clean and green are the most important factors in helping you reach your get and stay fit goals.
Hang on, there is something else you can do to boost your fit body results, that is Meditation.
This calming exercise can produce a number of healthy benefits that will help to drive you toward your health and fitness goals.
Sit quietly, close your eyes, begin deep breathing through your nose, and clear your mind of ‘Monkey thoughts’ can help to eliminate that pudginess around your midsection.
Studies show that meditation can significantly lower levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress and belly fat. Therefore, decreasing cortisol through meditation can actually help tone your midsection.
Personally, I use meditation to help set my intentions for each and every day. For when approaching the day with intention, one is better equipped to understand one’s goals and what to do to achieve them. I have been doing it for 18 years.
Create an affirmation, it helps focus your goals by breaking them down into achievable, actionable objectives.
If you have not meditated before, it’s easier than you think, here is how to begin, as follows:
- go into a quiet room free from distractions
- sit on a soft, comfortable surface or pillow
- turn your phone off, or leave it in another room
- close your eyes
- set your intention.
- take a few deep breaths in and out through your nose, imagine the air filling your lungs, then slowly let it out, and do it again and again and again…
If thoughts, they are called Monkey thoughts, enter your mind, return your focus to your breathing. Continue for as long as you can. You can start with just a few mins and work your way up to 10 or 20 mins.
Daily meditation works best for achieving a calmer mind and a toned body, do not stress out if you miss a day or 2. Work meditation in when you can and soon it will become a ritual.
Here are some Big Q”s: When was the last time you meditated? How does meditation help you? What are some challenges or roadblocks you encounter while trying to meditate?
Please, let us know in the comments section
Meditate, have a Happy Day!