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The research on the benefits of mindfulness is wide-reaching and overwhelmingly convincing. We all can benefit from more mindfulness skills1. Teens growing up in this distractible world need it more than ever. As adults, we need mindfulness to adapt to this age of technology and distractions.
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A major component of the leadership academy is reminding students to live in the now. Students are constantly reminded to be present and encouraged to adopt strategies in their daily life to remember to make the most of each moment. The best part is that it’s done in a way that is fun, lighthearted, and enjoyable so students genuinely embrace living with more mindful presence.
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Since your body only operates in the present moment, exercising with mindfulness is the only way to know how to exercise. Because so many of the reasons we exercise are for future rewards, such as weight loss, it is easy to think that exercise is just something to ‘get through’ so you can check it off the to do list. Yet, this how we miss the most valuable tool—the wisdom of our own Inner Trainer. Check out how one Exercising WELL member describes her newfound enjoyment of exercise with mindfulness: “I had a sense of joy while walking up a hill this week. I just felt strong and right and totally absorbed in the great walk, no distraction trying to take the hill. It was almost an exhilarating feeling. Definitely well-being.” Through Exercising WELL ,you learn how to use your Inner Trainer to be self-guided through mindful-presence and exercise becomes a whole new, more enjoyable, AND more motivating experience.
- The Science of Mindfulness by Dainel Siegel, Mindful
Day #9 of the online course Fueled by Facts is all about how to maximize your brain training—with exercise!
Exercise has been shown to increase levels of:
- Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF)—helps to maintain the life of your brain cells, and grow new ones, which means we can learn better and faster
- Dopamine—lights up the reward and pleasure centers in the brain
- Serotonin—helps maintain mood balance
- Norepinephrine—helps us think clearer and faster
Adding exercise to your brain-training program is like adding fertilizer to plants—you get more out of what you put into it! These results are unique to exercise because of the balance dose of brain chemicals released after one well-designed exercise session.
But why don’t we get these great benefits from every workout? We can override these benefits when exercise works against how the body is designed. Maximize your body’s ability to “administer” these brain-boosting chemicals by doing fact-based fitness.
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This time of year, exercise can slip to the back burner. No one wants to be rushing around, over-stressed, and emotionally drained. It can simply be a by-product of the added to-do’s and emotions of the season.
I invite you to let go of the “exercise to burn off those extra calories” approach to staying motivated this season. Honestly, it is near impossible to know how many calories your body is burning with exercise. There are just too many factors that affect how many calories we burn that vary person to person and change day to day in each individual. Besides, the calorie-burning motivation only distracts us from the real benefits of exercise this season.
What turns a physical activity into exercise is when it is focused, purposeful, and consistent. This makes it a perfect opportunity to be mindful. Mindfulness is paying attention in the present moment, on purpose, with kindness. The overlap between these two resources makes them perfect partners for restoring calm, healt,h and well-being.
Gratitude is a shortcut to mindfulness. When we turn our attention to what we are appreciate, we are automatically brought to the present moment in a way that is purposeful and kind. A simple way to bring mindfulness to exercise is practicing an attitude of gratitude about exercise. What are you grateful for about your body, its abilities, its possibilities? What opportunities are you grateful for that allow you even a brief moment to exercise? What knowledge or skills are you grateful for that allow you to move in a healthy way? What are you grateful for about how exercise makes you feel? What do you appreciate about what you see and hear around you as you move?
I invite you to give it a try. Take a walk, stretch, lift some weights, dance, move intentionally in some way while focusing your attention on what you appreciate in each moment. Keep it playful, see how many ‘gratitudes’ you can brainstorm. As you do, know that you are not only strengthening your body, but your ability to stay present as well.
Wishing a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Good, clear, concise information explained in simple, relatable terms!
The videos were short and straight to the point and the workbook is a good resource.
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