No one said getting fit in 2017 was going to be easy… but even just a week into the new year, I already felt exhausted. Even though I’d set myself up for success by splurging on cute new pieces for my workout wardrobe and reading ALL the trainer’s tricks for exercise motivation I could find, I was still finding it hella difficult to make cardio a priority.
Then I read Gina Tomaine’s amazing article in Runner’s World. In this life-changing editorial, Gina describes how meditating while running can tangibly improve your workout. That’s right: Getting your Zen on during a sweaty treadmill sesh can actually help you achieve your 2017 fitness goals!
Naturally, I thought I would put the idea to the test. I set myself a challenge to do 15 minutes on a treadmill for three days straight, all while practicing meditation. Since I’m not quite pro enough to attempt self-guided meditation just yet, I thought I would start things off a little easier, with guided meditations using the app Simple Habit (free on iOS and Android).
So what happened when I tried meditating while running? I’d be lying if I said it didn’t seem a little strange at first. Closing my eyes while running felt weird, and I kept having to force myself to focus on what the instructor was saying instead of my burning hamstrings.
But on the second day of medi-running (yes, I nicknamed it to make it sound cooler), something amazing happened: I actually forgot I was working out! The meditation practice made it ridiculously easy to take my mind off of how much I hate running and focus instead on controlling my breathing and my wandering mind.
Sure, not all the meditations I tried worked quite as well. But it’s all about finding the right series of guided meditations that work for you. Just be warned: Because meditation can be so all-encompassing, I decided to do my exercises inside instead of running on the street. (AKA I didn’t want to have to deal with traffic, pedestrians and other hazards while getting my mindfulness on.)
On the whole though, medi-running is definitely staying in my bag of exercise tricks. Heck, I’ll try just about anything to make running suck less.
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