Meditation is Key to Getting Fit

Meditation is Key to Getting Fit

To me, being fit means more than just being fit physically. To me, being fit is a holistic concept which should include the mind, body and spirit. If you address only the physical body, then you miss part of the story. Your health should involve all aspects because all aspects affect each other. For instance, your thoughts and emotions affect your physical health. Your body doesn't know the difference between what it is thinking and what it is actually experiencing in the moment. If you are lying in bed or at work thinking about a stressful situation, your body is undergoing physiological changes.  Your heart rate is increasing, your blood pressure is rising and other sympathetic events are occurring. The same physiological reaction occurs if you were actually in the situation.

 

A repeated release of stress hormones either due to conscious or subconscious thoughts can result in chronic stress. It has been shown that chronic stress is linked to many types of disorders such as heart disease, weight gain, digestive problems, depression and anxiety. As you can clearly see, your thoughts are affecting your health. Due to this correlation, it is important to address the mind when addressing the issue of being fit.

 

It is also important to address the spirit. Again, the mind, body and spirit are all connected and one cannot be separated from the other. When you have a healthy spiritual connection, there is more peace in your heart and more clear guidance to the answers that you seek. Having a healthy spiritual grounding gives you a sense of purpose, and a knowingness of who you are. All of this clearly affects the amount of stress and anxiety in your life. A stronger spiritual connection just naturally translates into less stress and anxiety.

 

Meditation is a way to address the mind and the spirit and thereby help to improve the physical. When you meditate on a consistent basis, you train your mind to naturally quiet. This releases you from the borage of anxious and stressful thoughts in your conscious and subconscious mind. When you do this, you naturally “quiet” your body as well. This means that instead of releasing stress hormones, your body can return itself back into a balanced state. As this occurs, the body becomes more healthy. This process of getting back into homeostatic balance is a process that naturally happens over time with meditation.

 

The above article was written for the Wellness Woman, 40 and Beyond online magazine. Check it out!

Shawngela Pierce

Written by : Shawngela Pierce

Shawngela is a Law of Attraction and Meditation coach. Her focus is to help people attain true health and wellbeing by using her gift to channel information to guide others. Schedule a session with Shawngela and find out how the power to heal lies within you.

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