Madison, Wisconsin-March 20, 2015 – If you’re having trouble sticking to an exercise routine, pay attention. Not now. While you’re exercising. Pay attention to how you’re feeling, in a nonjudgmental way, and you may derive greater satisfaction from your circuit training or spinning classes.
“Mindfulness can help you develop a fitness mindset for a healthier life,” says Dr. Shilagh Mirgain, a sport psychologist for UW Health Sports Medicine. “Instead of thinking, ‘Exercise isn’t for me’ or “I’m going to be miserable,’ mindfulness allows you to focus in on how your body likes to move. It gets you out of your head and builds an awareness of how your body wants to express itself.”