4 Ways That Meditation is Like a Workout
The frantic pace of today’s world, while exciting at times, often leads many of us headlong into a brick wall. Bam! Some experience a mental anxiety that takes charge over the body’s physical responses. Others’ emotions go berserk and they find themselves confined in a prison of depression. Another response is wondering “What is the point of it all?” And then there is the sleepless crowd who wander through their day in a low energy stupor daydreaming of what it is like to get a night of uninterrupted, restful sleep.
At ZenFriend we aspire to build a global community of millions of users who motivate and inspire one another as we travel our inner, spiritual path. We do not teach or promote any particular form of meditation. In fact, we take this opportunity to demystify the process of meditation and point out the similarities between the physical workouts that many already practice and a meditation practice that will yield not only physical benefits but also impact one’s mental and spiritual aspects too.
4 Ways that Meditation is Like a Workout:
Both Exercise and Meditation Require Perseverance
Every great athlete’s story includes tales of endless hours spent developing discipline, engaging in exercise, and honing necessary skills to reach their goals. Most honest champions admit to, at times, wanting to give up. It did not seem that the daily requirements would drive them all the way into their vision.
But have you ever heard of a champion who waited until the day of the Olympics to begin training?
Similarly, with meditation, do not wait until you are overcome by stress, anxious to the point of no return, physically depleted or ill before entering into a meditation practice.
Just as the successful athlete or fitness enthusiast must persevere through trials, they are developing the character that leads them into realizing their dreams.
Still, at the word “meditation”, many who agree that this practice is a good idea have no idea of what meditating entails. Visions of sitting cross-legged beside a pond of blooming lotus flowers cause the first time meditator to ask, “How hard can that be?”
Both Exercise and Meditation are Tools for Managing Stress
Even though results occur differently in exercise and meditation, an improved heart rate is one benefit the two practices can both claim. Physical exercise benefits the brain through increased blood flow and higher levels of healthy chemicals. Meditation techniques such as tai chi strengthen muscles, improves balance; the same benefits claimed by strength training. Exercise helps lower stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine and at the same time increases production of the happier hormone of serotonin which results in less stress. Meditation produces the same effects. Both exercise and meditation can help in curbing depression and anxiety.
Both Exercise and Meditation Can Be Solo or Social Activities
Solo workouts or team sports are both ways that fitness enthusiasts exercise. Similarly, meditation practices for some are individual experiences, but other forms of meditation include both physical and social components. Examples include walking meditations, yoga meditation, t’ai chi, or chi gong groups. Some even use eating as a meditation practice which slows down the eating process and aids in weight loss.
At times those needing to unwind will take to the streets running; while others take to the mat and meditate. Indoor classes or outdoor groups are readily available. Both approaches can calm the mind, tap into creativity, discipline the body, improve concentration, cultivate clarity, relax and rejuvenate mind and body. Both approaches lend themselves to either solitary or group activities.
Both Exercise and Meditation Benefit Body, Mind, and Spirit
A body that exercises or meditates benefits from lower blood pressure, reduced anxiety producing chemicals, decreased tension induced pain, improved mood through serotonin production, increased energy levels.
A mind benefits from exercise or meditation through decreased anxiety, emotional stability, happiness, clarity, minimizing the tug of problems, a sharper power to focus, relaxation, increased positive thinking which ultimately affects one’s overall happiness.
Spiritual benefits of meditation include gaining a recognition that every individual is one part of a vast creation. As one’s mind and body enter into a meditative state a sense of calm and peace results. Discovering more about yourself through meditation practice often results in personal growth.To sum it all up, meditation is another form of workout that results in a wealth of benefits. It is a portable, cost-free exercise that requires no special equipment and has no negative side effects. At ZenFriend our vision is to motivate millions of people to meditate daily and we have built a useful mediation utility for practitioners. Download the ZenFriend app now on the App Store or Google Play and begin to change your life and make the world a better place.