Meditation and Exercise – Great alone but better together
Are you living a fast and hectic lifestyle and find yourself with high blood pressure, stress, experiencing anxiety, constant demands and obligations pulling you in different directions, and struggling to maintain focus? Great news – just 20 minutes of meditation combined with 30-40 minutes of exercise can reduce anxious feelings and be the first step to building a peaceful and fulfilling life. Athletes, the army, and every-day people are adopting mindfulness meditation practices and exercise to reduce stress and anxiety (Richtel 2019). Even if you aren’t an elite athlete or soldier though, research over the last twenty years says that meditation and exercise is linked to reducing stress and anxiety, reducing depressive episodes, improved cognitive performance, having a positive self-image, and reducing negative thoughts. (Arora Jyoti 2018, Elisa H. Kozasa 2012, Julia C. Basso 2019, Rahil Rojiani 2017, Thomas J. Elkington 2017, Yi-Yuan Tang 2015).
(Julia C. Basso 2019)