You probably know that movement is very healthy for your body and mind. But have you ever heard of mindful movement? What exactly is it, what are the benefits and how exactly do you do it? You will find out in this blog.
The importance of exercise
We live in challenging times: climate change, corona, war in Ukraine, rapid technological changes … All this has a detrimental impact on many people. For example, some are regularly tired, suffer from low immunity, are stressed, feel depressed, and so on. Do you experience any of these symptoms or feelings from time to time? Start exercising! This is extremely good for your physical and mental well-being. Why is this? Exercise …
- triggers the production of endorphins. These happiness hormones induce a positive state of mind and reduce stress.
- boosts the production of serotonin and dopamine, which, among other things, helps with emotion and mood regulation, and increases concentration.
- has a positive effect on our immune system, making us less susceptible to disease.
And not just that: regular exercise helps to prevent depression, burnout and anxiety. So even if you are currently feeling very good, it is a good idea to prepare yourself, in case you enter a more difficult period later on.
Would you like to do some more exercise or start with a specific sport? You can choose an intensive form of movement, such as jogging, dancing or basketball, but working in the garden, walking or doing household chores, is also beneficial. Find out what kind of exercise you like. If you are committed to exercising every day or every other day and want to avoid dropping the ball, it is best to choose something you enjoy doing. For example, don’t force yourself to go to the gym every day if that doesn’t make you happy at all.
What is mindful movement and how do you go about it?
Mindful movement means that during your physical activity, you are consciously in the moment. You focus your attention on what you are doing. This has various additional benefits, in addition to the general advantages listed above, including experiencing more joy and reducing the risk of overusing your body.