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The 5 Ways Meditation Can Supercharge Your Workout

by Emily Fletcher January 15, 2018

We all know that exercise and meditation are both good for you, but you might not have thought about incorporating them together in your day-to-day routine.

The two practices have different effects on the mind and body, making them excellent complementary tools. Here are a few things you should know about how exercise and meditation tie in together and how meditation can supercharge your workout.

1. They Aren’t Substitutes For Each Other

People often say to me, “exercise is my meditation.” What they are really trying to communicate is that exercise relaxes them or relieves stress, which is great, but it’s not the same thing as meditation. Exercise works by exciting the nervous system, which speeds up your metabolic rate, releases endorphins and has many other positive effects that you’re probably already aware of. Meditation similarly has many benefits, but the mechanism is totally different.

In the style I teach, you access a verifiable fourth state of consciousness which is different than waking, sleeping or dreaming. In this state of mind you are de-exciting the nervous system, which gives you deep rest and releases the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin (aka bliss chemicals).

So you don’t want to try to meditate and exercise at the same time, but alternating the two keeps the body and the mind in peak shape.

2. Meditate Before You Work Out

I often suggest that my students schedule their meditation for right before a workout. Because meditation gives the body rest that is 5 times deeper than sleep, you feel more awake afterwards and have more energy for a great workout. Also, gym locker rooms are a convenient place to sit and close your eyes for a meditation session before you go out and sweat!

The one exception to this rule is if you’re doing yoga. Yoga was designed to prepare the body for meditation — some say it was originally created for 17 year old boys who couldn’t sit still through meditation and has evolved from there.

Each pose in yoga is called an asana, which is a Sanskrit word that means “seat.” So yoga is preparing the body to become a seat for consciousness to sit in during meditation.

3. Use Meditation To Push Through Discomfort During Exercise

Mindfulness meditation is scientifically proven to be even more effective than morphine for pain management.

That may sound crazy but it is true. In mindfulness, you are taking the time to listen to the cues the body is sending. This allows the sensation to decrease instead of intensify.

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Think of the pain as a toddler who wants attention, and mindfulness as an act of listening to the toddler. By practicing mindfulness you bring your attention to the painful sensation and close the feedback loop between the brain and body which makes the toddler feel heard so he doesn’t go on to wreck the house.

4. Meditation Can Help Guide Your Workout Choices

Since meditation makes you more attuned to your internal state, you are better able to hear to what your body needs both in and out of the gym. Some days you might find you have more energy and want to push yourself a little harder during your workout. Other days, what your body might be craving is rest.

When you are more aware of what your body is saying to you, you’re better able to work with it as opposed to against it. This helps improve the quality of your workouts and prevent injury.

5. Stay Consistent To See The Benefits

Just like working out, meditating requires practice and persistence in order to get the best results. You can think of it as taking your brain to the gym; the more you do it, the more the muscles will develop and the easier it will be to fit into your routine.

Also, take care to find a teacher who you respect to guide you through the process of beginning a meditation practice. This person will essentially be a personal trainer for your brain, so it’s important that it be someone you trust.

Once you have a consistent practice, meditation will help you refill your tank of energy, so you’ll have more fuel and commitment for your workouts.

This article was originally published on Ziva Meditation by Emily Fletcher.

You’ve Probably Got Meditation All Wrong.

A lot of people don’t do it, because they just can’t seem to ‘clear their minds’.

They try to empty their thoughts, and when that doesn’t work, they think they suck at meditation and give up.

But you see, the mind is designed to think. It does so automatically, just like how your heart beats.

The truth is, meditation isn’t about clearing your mind. It’s supposed to improve performance in all other aspects of your life.

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by Emily Fletcher
Emily Fletcher is one of the world’s leading experts in meditation. She’s been invited to teach at places like Google, Harvard Business School and The Omega — but that’s a stark contrast to the busy, stressed Broadway performer that she was years earlier. During her 10-year career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers and A Chorus Line, she started to go grey at 27, suffer from insomnia and get sick 4-5 times a year. Thankfully, she discovered a powerful meditation practice that cured her insomnia and improved her health on the first day. After years of studying ancient practices in India and teaching thousands of high performers, Emily created Ziva Meditation, a mental technique that combines the stress-relieving benefits of meditation with the mental clarity of mindfulness.

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