Mindfulness and your body

Mindfulness and your bodyMany people might associate being mindful with just being aware, but researchers and professionals alike recommend taking a deeper look. In fact, mindfulness is just that. A further evaluation of your life, your decisions, your environment, actions, and how one entwine with one another could lead to all the more success with your aspirations towards weight loss and fitness training.

A common wonder to scientists, professionals, students, and everyday individuals alike is why some seem more motivated than others, seemingly naturally, to be more inclined towards working out or proper dieting. Like personal fitness, weight loss takes great discipline in your dieting habits.

A recent study, which was published last month in The Journal of Health Psychology, researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, found that mindfulness, desirability, awareness, emotional, and psychological dedication all play significant roles in weight loss and weight training.

Do you find exercising rewarding? This research concluded that most people don’t, and explored different ways to attempt to ‘program’ the mind to have a greater appreciation for workouts. How someone values working out from an exterior prospective, versus how someone feels or values weight loss and fitness during or post-workout can be three completely different emotional states or point of views. While some professionals turn to genetics, other argue that it’s a combination of the environment, sleep balance, and proper dieting.

So how can you increase you desire to and mindfulness of workouts to reap more benefits and a greater consistency in routine? In a study conducted of approximately 400 men, the most successfully consistent individuals to obtain weight loss and muscle growth were those in which genuinely had a liking to personal fitness and exercising. However, new research is being explored to determine how satisfaction from said exercises could be manipulated, or otherwise increased, to strengthen the probability that an individual will succeed in his or her workout, and consistently return to doing so.

Individuals who genuinely enjoy working out because it’s something they were raised with, or have discovered and continue to utilize as a stress-reliever or just feel good ‘routine’ are most statistically likely to continue to honor workout commitments and weight loss regiments long-term.

But where does this leave you? Try to explore the different ways in which you are weight lifting or training, your previous self, where you stand to date, and where your goals are. For example, create and maintain a workout journal and consider the benefits—if applicable—of also including your weight loss on say a monthly basis. Consider taking pictures to track progress of both weight loss and muscle growth. Additionally, listen to your body, but yourself, your muscles, your bones, the movements you make, and the sounds you make breathing during exercises. Attempt to be more aware of your heart rate by listening to it, manually monitor your own pulse, and listen to your body when it’s saying it’s had enough! Ultimately, you are not only your best doctor in a sense, but also your own best trainer towards success.

Image credit: Marek Uliasz