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Can mindfulness help you get in shape?

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How do you exercise mindfully?

When you focus on your body, it can motivate you to move more throughout the day. You might also be more appreciative of your body and be kinder to yourself.

  • Tune in to how your body feels. Are your muscles tense? Do you feel antsy?
  • Does the activity you're doing make your body feel good?
  • If the exercise targets a certain body part, how does that part feel while you're doing it?
  • Notice your thoughts about how you're moving. Are the thoughts encouraging?

From: What Mindfulness Can Do for You WebMD Medical Reference

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Lynn Korbel, MPH, assistant director, Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

NIH News in Health: "Mindfulness Matters: Can Living in the Moment Improve Your Health?"

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Lynn Korbel, MPH, assistant director, Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

NIH News in Health: "Mindfulness Matters: Can Living in the Moment Improve Your Health?"

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 15, 2018

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