There’s a lot of talk about mindfulness these days … especially, since the pandemic hit.
Many would agree that being mindful is even more important than ever before. But, what does mindfulness mean?
Put simply, mindfulness is about being present. With its origins in the Buddhist faith, mindfulness dates back some 2,600 + years.
Being mindful means paying close attention to what’s happening in the moment. Mindfulness – the practice of sitting still and focusing on your breath and thoughts – has exploded in popularity over the last several years, with a flood in apps, online courses, books and articles extolling its virtues.
In other words, it’s noticing what’s happening inside your mind and in your body – you need to simply be in the now. Breath is the easiest way to connect your physical body to your emotional body.
The best part of mindfulness, is you can practice it anywhere, anytime – do it while you are sitting in traffic, waiting in a line-up, in the bathroom or brushing your teeth.
But can everyone truly practice mindfulness?
There are proven techniques that work to cultivate mindfulness, but you have to find what works for you. Take infants and children, they are always in the moment. We can learn a lot from their natural sense of being.
Feed the Body:
If you’ve gained weight, aka the Pandemic-19, you aren’t alone.
You’ve promised yourself that you are going to commit to eating healthier. So, you stock your fridge with fresh fruits, vegetables and other whole foods, and skip the cookies and soda. Like many of us though, you are having a hard time sticking with these changes. Old habits die hard.
The best way to fight urges for pizza, chocolate or processed foods is to eat at regular intervals. Another thing you can do to help curb the cravings is to reach for complex carbohydrates, like whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes. The best thing about adding more complex carbs to your diet? Complex carbs take longer to digest, keep you feeling fuller longer and provide food for the good bacteria in your gut!
Fitness for a better, healthier you:
The third component in your healthy lifestyle conversion is exercise.
If you want to feel better, have more energy, or add years to your life, GET MOVING. Everyone, regardless of age, sex or physical ability, will benefit from a regular exercise routine.
Often the hardest part of starting any exercise is just that, starting.
Class Cast is here to tell you that fitness doesn’t have to be a chore or boring; it can be quite fun and rewarding.
Once you find fitness activities that make you happy, you will stick to it. To cope with boredom, break up your routine. At Class Cast, we offer a host of different classes, so you’re never bored. Whether its boot camp, yoga, meditation, boxing, strength training, we have something for everyone.
Equally important is not to be hard on yourself. If you end up missing a day or two, don’t beat yourself up. So, come on and join us … you can do this!