If you’re trying to take care of yourself in the modern world, you hear the word “mindfulness” a lot. It’s often associated with meditation and yoga. But sometimes also with more “conventional” workouts – especially solitude activities like walking, running and swimming. It’s even an “eating strategy.”
I’ve invested time and energy to understand what mindfulness means and how it can help. But I’m kind of “out there,” I admit. I hang out in yoga studios, am studying psychology and coaching, and read a ton of wellness/new-age-y stuff on the Internet.
You? With a full-time-plus job and many other time-demanding responsibilities and interests — not to mention just trying to cover the “basics” of staying fit and eating well — you’ve probably focused on this less than me.
If you’re like many fitness-minded guys, you have a vague sense of what mindfulness is, but not very specifically. And you don’t really “do” anything with that knowledge.
I think you should go one level deeper here, man. Understanding mindfulness and incorporating it more into your routines will help with all aspects of maximizing your life. With that goal, here’s a brief tour of mindfulness, how it helps, and what you can do to harness its power.