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A Journey to a Better You Through Mindful Exercise

I am an avid runner, and I adore not only how it keeps me trim (although I understand that diet has more to play with that little point than exercise on its own) but also how it keeps my mental health in very good stead.

My mental state before I started running compared to now is alarmingly different, and it is something that doesn’t cost a great deal (other than shoes) and doesn’t require me to take any pills or medication in order to sustain the benefits. (unless I go VERY hard and VERY fast for a race when ibuprofen comes into play).

The point of today’s blog, though, is not to show off my passion for running and keeping fit but to explain that however fit you are right now, you can begin your journey to becoming a better you, today.

You do not ever need to run hard because however slow and easy you run today, by this time next month, assuming you are consistent with your training, by putting in the same amount of effort you will be running noticeably faster than when you started.

And that ground-breaking ethos is exactly what I teach in the mindful baking sessions that I run. Just by allowing things to happen naturally, without trying to speed things up or alter the way you process them by drinking excessively or eating too much or taking drugs etc, things will slowly start to align themselves naturally as soon as you allow and accept the way that things are.

So by running at an easy pace consistently for a period of time, without putting in any extra effort, your body will naturally become stronger and faster. It is that simple. You just need the motivation to keep it up, which is where I can come in and help!

If this sounds like something you are interested in, message me and lets see if we can get you ready for the summer!

In today's fast-paced world, where our minds are constantly bombarded with distractions and our schedules are packed to the brim, finding moments of peace and clarity can feel like an impossible task. Yet, amidst the chaos, there lies a powerful practice that has the potential to not only transform your workouts but also your entire life – mindful exercise.

What exactly is mindful exercise, you ask? It's more than just going through the motions of your workout routine. It's about bringing your full attention and awareness to the present moment, tuning in to the sensations of your body, and cultivating a deep sense of connection between your mind, body, and breath.

Imagine stepping onto the yoga mat or hitting the running trail with a clear mind and an open heart, fully present and engaged in each movement, each breath. Instead of getting lost in thoughts about the past or worries about the future, you're anchored in the here and now, savoring the experience of movement and the rhythm of your breath.

But mindful exercise isn't just about being present – it's also about approaching your workouts with intention and compassion. It's about listening to your body's cues and honoring its needs, rather than pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion or injury.

It's about letting go of the need to compete or compare yourself to others, and instead, embracing your own unique journey and celebrating your progress, however small it may seem.

The benefits of mindful exercise extend far beyond the physical realm. Yes, it can help improve your strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health, but it can also have a profound impact on your mental and emotional well-being.

Studies have shown that regular practice of mindfulness can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, while increasing feelings of happiness, contentment, and overall life satisfaction.

So how can you start incorporating mindful exercise into your daily routine? It doesn't require fancy equipment or hours of free time – all it takes is a willingness to slow down, tune in, and be present.

Whether you're walking in nature, practicing yoga in your living room, or hitting the gym for a workout, you can bring mindfulness to any form of movement.

Start by taking a few deep breaths and setting an intention for your workout – maybe it's to cultivate strength, find peace, or simply enjoy the present moment. Then, as you move through your exercises or activities, pay attention to the sensations in your body, the rhythm of your breath, and the thoughts and emotions that arise. Notice any areas of tension or discomfort, and see if you can gently release them with each exhale.

As you continue to practice mindful exercise, you may find that it becomes not just a physical activity, but a form of meditation in motion – a sacred space where you can reconnect with yourself, find inner peace, and tap into your inner strength and resilience.

And as you carry the lessons of mindfulness off the mat or out into the world, you'll discover that the benefits extend far beyond your workouts, infusing every aspect of your life with greater clarity, balance, and joy.

So why wait? Start your journey towards mindful exercise today and discover the transformative power it holds. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you for it.

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