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The importance of body awareness for fitness

body awarenessIf there is one thing you should fit into your day, or at least once a week, is practising body awareness.  I’m not going to get all spiritual on you but do you find it strange that the one thing we tend to ignore on top of materialist items is our own body?

Just by connecting our mind and body we can create awareness that can bring about a flood gate of benefits.

So, by consciously…yep…consciously practising body awareness this brings about a balance and focussing on the now, instead of what the future holds.

Conscious relaxation helps us release our defense mechanisms and be more present in life. It is from this centeredness that we can move out of reaction and into better decision-making in all aspects of life.

I’m a big believer in intuition but you’re not fully able to connect to this until you have pealed the layers and really connected to the present moment and what our mind and emotions are really telling us.

So how does this all fit in with an active lifestyle?  Well, we exercise to improve our overall health, strength and mobility but this is heavily focussed on pushing ourselves and blocking out what the body is saying…And that’s usually how we reach our goals.

This is why it’s even more important for fitness lovers and athletes to spend the time connecting to their body through breath and muscle scanning. It helps to appreciate our bodies again and not take what it can do for us for granted.  It’s our way of saying ‘thanks’ by giving it time to restore and heal.

Ways of achieving body awareness can be through

Yoga

Stretching

Foam rolling

Massage

Guided body scanning meditation and breathing

All these methods can help promote recovery, relaxation, stress relief and weight loss (by increasing mindfulness).  But by far the one that works best for me is through guided meditation.  You might be mistaken this is just for hippies, but I assure you until you have tried this you can’t knock it.

Here are some free guided meditations for body awareness to practice and see if it’s something for you.

1. Guided meditation 17 mins – scanning attention through the body

2. Guided meditation 9 minutes – relaxing you into a state of consciousness

Make sure you can fully give yourself to this time, without disruptions it will assist with being able to really focus on the now and not what else is going on in the house.

If you practice meditation, how do you fit it into your day? 

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