Exercise Health

Meditating Before Exercising

I clearly love to meditate. It provides me with that sense of control before my day starts. I wake up early just to meditate before speaking to anyone. That is my moment to myself and God.

Meditation provides me with focus and control to strengthen my muscles through stretching. I have been meditating for years. When I first started my mind would drift away. So I was able to come back by creating a safe place in my mind. This type of meditation is called visualization and guided imagery.  My safe place is when I am able to take my mind to a peaceful, calming, and relaxing place. At this present time I am able to meditate with a clear mind and block everything out.  Just having that comfort zone is like having your favorite dessert. I stay focus by at least doing this 3 to 5 times a day. There is not a certain number of minutes to do this. I usually do about 5 to 10 minutes depending on what I have going on.

Stretching

Stretching provides flexibility, range of motion, and increases the control of muscles.  One of the essential components of keeping your bones strong and healthy is to stretch them.

There are different kinds of stretching which are static, passive, dynamic, ballistic,  active isolated, isometric, and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation.

The stretch you see above is the static stretch that I did before going into my exercise for my glutes.

As you have read above exercise can consist of meditation which I often use during those times.  Stretching and exercise combined provides flexibility, increases energy, relieves stress and anxiety, and improves blood flow.

The glute exercise above is done by:

*lifting one leg to the side

*pulling the leg out behind your hiney

*and bending your heal to your glute.

I usually do (15 sets) each side

I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment.

Thanks,

Shawonnica S. Hightower

 

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