Today’s modern life is plagued by chronic stress and high levels of anxiety. (Tell us something we don’t know, right?) Enter meditation! Meditation has been around for centuries and there are plenty of reasons why. Meditation reduces stress, improves concentration, and increases happiness, but did you know it can also help you reach your goals?
Grab your meditation cushion and some mala beads because we are about to meditate on both the mental and physical benefits of meditation and how it can help you reach your overall health and fitness goals!
Mental Benefits of Meditation
- Better executive functioning including planning and problem solving
- Improved self-regulation of emotions
- Decreased negative emotions including depression, tension, sadness, and anger
- Reduced fear, stress, and anxiety
- Increased levels of dopamine, the happiness hormone
- Boosted attention span and focus
- Higher tolerance for physical pain or discomfort.
- Improved memory
- Increased self-awareness
- Assistance in goal setting
Bottom Line: Meditation leaves you feeling calmer, emotionally stable, and helps you be your best self!
Physical Benefits of Meditation
We know stress is prevalent in our busy modern lives, and if you know anything about stress, you know it causes an increase in cortisol levels, which can lead to unwanted weight gain. By entering a relaxed state of meditation, you can regulate your cortisol levels, essentially tapping into the parasympathetic nervous system.
In the parasympathetic nervous system, your body enters a relaxed state of being and can more easily rest and digest. This is crucial for things like decreasing abdominal fat, improving overall digestion, and getting a better night’s sleep. If you are looking to lose some unwanted lbs. or get a better night’s sleep, meditation may be the answer!
Meditation and Goals
Meditation increases self-awareness of your physical body in that it helps you focus on other areas of your life that impact you physically. This can include your food choices and exercise regimen, as well as other habits that affect your ability to move toward your optimal health and weight.
Meditation invites you to go within and discover how you truly see yourself in all areas of your life: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. As scary as this venture may be, if you want to see changes in your life, including leading a healthier lifestyle or accomplishing your fitness goals, you have to go within. If you do not go within, you will go without. Meditate on that!