Mindfulness (paying attention to what’s happening in the present) can help to transform exercise from something you should do to something you want to do. Since you’re more likely to actually do things you enjoy, mindfulness may be a great addition to your commitment-to-exercise tool kit. Here’s how.
- Get centered. Before you start, take a minute to close your eyes. Set an intention to be present while you exercise.
- Come to your senses. Pay attention to the way your body feels while you exercise, and to the sights and sounds around you.
- Don’t multitask. Stay in the present moment. This means no headset, no reading and no TV.
Bask in the glow. Notice how you feel after exercising. Is your skin glowing? Do you feel exhilarated? Are your muscles tired in a good way? Reveling in the afterglow—and remembering it—can help to prime you for your next workout.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius