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Physical Exercise Alone Not Enough, You Also Need Mindful Meditation For Better Mental Health

We certainly already know that exercise is a physical activity that can maintain and improve the quality of our life regarding better shape, fitness, muscles, illness resilience, physical strength and as well as better mental health. 

Remarkably, exercise brings us in a tremendous sense of well-being; those who do exercise sleep well at night, feel more relaxed, energetic and concentrated throughout the day, have a good memory, and always think positively about their lives.

Most importantly, exercise plays an effective role in dealing with depression, stress, anxiety, and negative thoughts around living. It helps your nervous system relax and facilitate your brain to focus on present moments that enable you to forget about worries or problems on adaily basis. As such, it’s a powerful tool to enlarge your mental health.

However, sometimes in some certain time of life, we’ve faced serious mental problems that put us in a situation where exercise may not be able to solely solve at all. We also need to incorporate mindful meditation practice to get our brain relaxed and gain momentum of exercise back.

What is Meditation?

Meditation is the practice of calming down and concentrating your mind for a certain period of time to gain attention, relaxation, inner peace and awareness of present moments, which results in an improvement of mental health.

How Meditation can help boost physical exercise enthusiasm for mental health

In life, we experience a range of problems that come and go. Sometimes, the serious problems remain and can impact negatively on our lives, such as failure in relationships, business, study, and career, loss of loved ones, financial crisis, worries, hopelessness, and anxiety. Thus, some people seek to heal these pains by doing physical exercise like yoga for instance—sometimes intense physical exercise like lifting heavy weights, cycling with fast speed through the forest, running at high speeds, training hard kick-boxing or whatever it is as they, of course, believe it’s always helpful.

However, in my own experience, I think it’s not always the case. When I quit my job to pursue a business journey I experienced many terrible downturns that steered me to ahigh level of stress and depression. Although, I picked up my bike and went cycling or running at high speeds to force sweat out to release stress it could just help my brain relax for a while. Then after, worries or anxiety just appeared in mind and caused it to think repetitively in the loop.

Over time, I became too physically and mentally exhausted to think of exercise. And I also often confronted with insomnia. So, I began searching for the better remedy for this chronic mental tensions and I figure out mindful meditation practice was pretty worth trying to maintain a healthy state of mind. Finally, I practiced mindful breathing meditation every day. 

The result was surprisingly unbelievable. I could successfully prevent my brain from wandering without direction and open to deep calmness and relaxation, and then I could gain energy to resume my physical exercise. But, sometimes I could concentrate well on meditation after physical exercise pushed my negative thoughts and emotions away.

Mindfulness Meditation Practice
Mindfulness Meditation Practice

On the contrary, you are still able to exercise when you feel stressed, anxious, depressed or have other mental or emotional problems.

It’s okay to start from a simple joyous activity including 15-minute walking in the park, gathering with friends, dancing to your favorite music, swimming in the pool, or cycling in nature, which can help refresh your mind, enhance your mood, and boost your energy level. As you begin to be physically active even a little bit, you’ll experience a greater feeling of re-energy.  

It depends. Sometimes you find it very hard to motivate yourself to exercise because anxiety and depression leave you trapped in a pressured situation, and they have robbed you of positive feelings and energy. 

Meditation comes in the way to allow you to relax deeply, leave your feeling more energized and is overall an invigorating experience—like restoring your life. It helps you reach a high level of mindfulness by soothing your mental stress or depression.

Regardless of physical benefits, research reveals that meditation can increase oxygen in your respiratory system and decrease heart rate, low blood pressure, relieve pain and more.

There are a lot more benefits of meditation that have in common with exercise ultimately towards physical and mental health.

Despite the huge potential of meditation, it cannot replace physical exercise.    

Conclusion

Physical exercise is very important to make life stronger, healthier, and longer. As you regularly exercise you carefully control your well-being; and you feel better from stress or depression. However, a a certain time when you are stressed, anxious or depressed you feel too mentally exhausted to commence the exercise. 

In this particular case, meditation performs as a mind healer. It calms your mind down and allows you to relax deeply. Then, you feel peaceful from within and open your mind and soul. Excitingly, as your mind gets relaxed you begin to bring your mental strength and physical energy back. Eventually, you can restart your physical exercise.


In conclusion, one is not superior to another. Each has potential benefits for a better life. And meditation is considered a useful supplement to physical exercise. As being said, it’s better to make time for both physical exercise and mental health techniques in everyday life. 

How often do you do exercise and meditation to improve your mental health?

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