I think most of us, when we hear the phrase “mind/body workout”, conjure up a mental image of yoga mats in a room with dim lights, soft music and maybe some chanting. Nothing wrong with that, of course, unless you’re looking for a more dynamic adventure.
So, are there other types of mind/body workouts? The answer is: yes, any workout that you bring your full attention to, and perform with specific intention, becomes a mind/body workout. An impressive thing happens when you not only pay attention to what you’re doing but also do it with a goal in mind; the workout becomes effective and you achieve results.
I remember a recent conversation I had with someone who told me their fitness regime consisted of walking on a treadmill while reading a book. I was like, “did you say reading a book?” I suppose walking and reading does burn more calories than sitting on the couch. I have to wonder, though, what could I realistically expect to accomplish with a workout that I was not mentally present for? Let’s draw a broad parallel; have you ever accomplished anything by not paying attention and half heatedly going through the motions?
If I could offer one tip to ensure success in achieving fitness goals, it is to be present in the moment. When you’re working out, clear your mind of all the clutter. Don’t think about everything you have to do, pay attention to what you are doing. Make your workout a meditation on self empowerment. It doesn’t matter if you lift weights, run, jump around in a salsa aerobics class, or do PiYo; all of these activities are an opportunity to tune in, pay attention to being in your body and to get in touch with your whole being.
The rest of your life will still be there when the workout is over so don’t phone it in, bring your A-game to the mat.