Do you have a favorite MOXIE class? Does some exercise feel pleasurable and others drudgery? Understanding how to make exercise more enjoyable can help the most unenthusiastic exerciser start enjoying their workouts. One way to make exercise more satisfying is by integrating mindfulness.
Being mindful during your workout can help you:
Flow and being in the zone is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.
According to Kalliopi-Eleni Tsafou, a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Utrecht University who led a recent study about mindfulness and exercise satisfaction published in The Journal of Health Psychology, being aware and in the moment during exercise also means experiencing, fully, your twinging muscles, declining pace, and hunger. These aspects of exercise should be more tolerable with mindfulness, Ms. Tsafou said. As she and her colleagues wrote in the study, mindfulness “facilitates the acceptance of things as they occur,” enabling us to “accept negative experiences and view them as less threatening.”
Tips to improving mindfulness during your MOXIE workout:
February 2015, New York Times. Mindfulness and satisfaction in physical activity: A cross-sectional study in the Dutch population. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25631662?version=meter+at+null&module=meterLinks&pgtype=Blogs&contentId=&mediaId=%25%25ADID%25%25&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&priority=true&action=click&contentCollection=meter-links- click