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Think of Your Workout as Active Meditation

There's more to working out than improving your physical fitness since moving your body can also benefit your mind. Many of you are not that into types of exercise that typically lend themselves to sharpening mental awareness, but in no way does that mean you're unable to develop a mind/body connection through other forms of exercise.

Goddess on the sand, Gabrielle Reece, calls her beach volleyball workouts "active meditation." I love this phrase and what it suggests. While most of us don't have access to a beach as our fitness playground, choosing to be present during every workout can positively affect your senses of overall well-being and awareness. Begin making your workouts active meditation by creating intentions each time.

It looks like Gabby and the master of meditation, the Dalai Lama, have something in common. To see how the "world's most important Buddhist monk" incorporates meditation into his fitness life

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I love Gabby Reece, her and her husband and their way of living is inspiring.
wiggle wiggle 8 years
I love seeing the Dalai Lama on the treadmill meditating!
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
I love the phrase and couldn't agree more. I feel more grounded and centered no matter what exercise I'm taking part in. It just gets the blood flowing and my mind calms and I feel great most days. I can even feel a difference in my mood if I haven't exercised in a while, like on vacation when I cheat and take time off.
jrude88 jrude88 8 years
Great concept! Never thought of working out having that aspect to it. But now that I think of it that is one reason why I love to work-out as much as I do! It is a chance to conciously or unconciously work things that are affecting me.
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