Mindful Strength Training
Mindful strength training is a form of training with higher awareness and focus.
I like to call mindful strength training a moving meditation.
One mindful strength training system I will mention in a moment integrates different forms of meditation, breathing, visualization, energy-work, and focused intention with strength training, and anchors the whole system with daily mindfulness meditation.
Collectively, these practices are designed to activate “flow” and harness the power of human consciousness to amplify our energy systems.
Among other things, this is what sets this method apart from other strength training practices.
A natural consequence is a deeper relationship with your authentic self and access to unconventional forms of power.
As a result, you will find your workouts becoming progressively more nourishing and enjoyable on more than just a physical plane of existence.
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Quick Facts About Strength Training
- In terms of measure, research clearly shows that strength training is the ultimate method for building muscular strength, promoting muscle tone, and fat loss. Cardio, yoga, and pilates all take a backseat to strength training when it comes to fat loss. The research is clear about this, despite the old paradigm that still exists (and it doesn’t bulk women up either).
- Strength training gives you a metabolic spike (revs up your metabolism) for 60+ minutes after a workout because your body is trying hard to help your muscles recover. That means you’ll keep burning calories for 60+ minutes after your strength training session. It’s like getting a 2-for-1 deal.
- Strength training increases blood flow for a healthier brain and enhances the wiring of your brain (meditation has a similar affect). In essence it has the potential to increase your intellectual prowess.
- Strength training requires much more concentration than cardio, which plays an important role in conditioning the strength of your mind. You have to be completely locked-on and present for lifting heavy weights, versus trailing off in thought when you’re on the treadmill. I’m not saying that cardio shouldn’t have its place in your training regiment, I just wanted to point out the distinction. This simple act of working your “muscles of concentration” can do wonders for conditioning your mind in terms of focus.
In recent years health promotion programs have generated many worthwhile psychologic and physiologic benefits but frequently with less than optimal long-term adherence.
Incorporating approaches such as mind-body exercise with existing health promotion and cardiac rehabilitation services can improve self-efficacy and long-term adherence to healthy behaviors as well as improve personal stress management skills.
Mind-body exercise couples muscular activity with an internally directed focus so that the participant produces a temporary self-contemplative mental state. This internal focus is in contrast to conventional body-centered aerobic and muscular fitness exercise in which there is little or no mindful component.
Research on mind-body exercise programs such as yoga and tai chi reveal they have significant mental and physical value. There also are numerous primary and secondary preventive indications for cardiovascular disease in which mind-body exercise can play a primary or complementary role.
Mind-body exercise programs will be a welcome and necessary addition to evolving disease management models that focus on self-care and decreased health care use.