Mindfulness as Fitness Training

In our previous blog post, we explored the Hot Ground Gym® approach to fitness training. We talked about how this included both body and mind in the form of critical thinking and discipline. We then went on to provide a definition of mindfulness, which, in sum, is non-judgmentally paying attention to the present moment. With this very basic definition of mindfulness in our pockets, the next natural question to ask is, “So what?” Is it really worth the hard work to incorporate mindfulness into our fitness training? If mindfulness takes a great deal of practice, then what makes it worth it?

Well, in short, a whole lot!

Mindfulness can help reverse cell damage, literally lengthening our lives! It has also shown benefits in improving our immune system, putting us in a better position to fight off disease. Moreover, it has proven effective in increasing energy levels, lowering stress, and putting us in a better position to combat a variety of mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety.

According to Psychology Today, “Mindfulness is an incredible tool to help people understand, tolerate, and deal with their emotions in healthy ways. It helps us to alter our habitual responses by taking pause and choosing how we act. When we are mindful, we experience our life as we live it. We experience the world directly through our five senses. We taste the food we are eating. We recognize the thoughts we are having. In doing so, we learn how our minds work, and we are better able to label the thoughts and feelings we are having, instead of allowing them to overpower us and dictate our behavior.”

Mindfulness in Kids

The benefits laid out above are the result of a variety of studies and decades of research. However, these studies have mostly been done on adults. Not to worry, though, as there have been a variety of benefits shown for kids as well as adults! According to a recent article from the Positive Psychology Program, mindfulness practice in young kids and teens has shown the following benefits:

  • mitigating the effects of bullying
  • enhancing focus in children with ADHD
  • reducing attention problems
  • improving mental health and well-being
  • improving social skills when well taught and practiced in children and adolescents

These are some serious benefits for kids. Incorporating these benefits into fitness training would go a long way in helping our children have a well-rounded approach to health. So, what are some activities that you can use to help your kids practice mindfulness?

Stay Tuned

Now that we have a basic understanding of the many, many benefits that can be offered through the incorportion onf mindfulness into our fitness training, we are in a place to explore specific activities that you can do with your kids to help them enjoy the benefits of mindfulness as well! Don’t wait until the next post before getting started on your fitness training: you can visit Hot Ground Gym® in Northbrook, Arlington Heights, and Vernon Hills today!