Fitness and Mindfulness

“I believe that the entry point for living a more conscious life is mindfulness”- Opray Winfrey

 Fitness to me is more about being healthy rather than checking myself everyday on a weighting scale. I enjoy doing some sort of fitness activity at least 4 days a week. Over the past couple of years I have tried different kinds of workouts like Yoga, Zumba, Weight and strength training in a gym, aerobics classes etc. This year I was looking to try a different kind of workout which is fun and high intensity at the same time. I was asking for too much but thanks to a friend she recommended cross fit to me. I had heard of this workout regimen before but never really tried. So, this time I decided to give it a try.

What is Cross fit?

Cross Fit is a fitness regimen developed by Greg Glassman. It comprises of constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. Intensity is the key for results and workout is measured by time and power. The more work you do in less time, the more intense the effort, the better the output.

To put it more clearly, it a high intensity timed workout. Everyday trainer explains the Workout of the day and depending on the workout there is either a cap time, EMOM (every minute on the minute) or AMRAP (as many reps as possible).

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits.

But how do we cultivate mindfulness in our day to day life. The first thing that comes to our mind is meditation. But there are other ways to practice it in our everyday life.

Combining the two (Cross fit-Mindfulness)

Cross fit is timed workout in which you are given a goal (workout of the day) in the beginning of the class. To achieve that goal, you need to have full concentration and dedication for the specific time stated by the trainer. Also, this workout is very competitive as one has to finish the task and trainer notes down timing of each group member and your performance is compared with other members at the end of the class. In that given time, one gets totally absorbed into the activity forgetting what happened during the day that according for me is the best way to practice mindfulness. When we sit for meditation we think of all possible things that have happened or yet to happen, most of the experts suggest that let your thoughts flow but this workout has helped me to be in the moment along with heightened body awareness and focus.

Now you have to take a call Mind full or Mindful!! Happy Exercising!!

  References:

https://www.crossfit.com/what-is-crossfit

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition#what-is

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/mindfulness/definition#why-practice

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