Fitness

5 Benefits of Meditation

So, I introduced meditation as a fitness exercise some few days ago. I talked of meditation being a fitness exercise for the mind. It is that practice that practices the mind to actualize or realize something. It will turn your attention away from distracting thoughts and will focus on the present moment.

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Depending on how you view meditation, it is a very important exercise. Here’s why:

Meditation Relieves Stress and Anxiety:

Meditation decreases cortisol levels in the body. This will in turn affect how the brain handles anxiety and the relaxation response in increased. This rewires the brain making it respond by relaxing rather than stressing.

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Meditation Reduces Pain and Increases Tolerance:

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found that mindfulness meditation reduces pain more effectively. Studies have also shown that meditation has allowed people suffering from chronic pain to decrease their medication intake and even stop taking such medication completely. Integrating meditation into regular treatment could therefore significantly cut healthcare costs.

Meditation Decreases The Likelihood of Depression:

Meditation increases serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin is the ‘feel good’ chemical that helps improve the overall mood of a person. Improved moods lessens the risk of depression.

Meditation Boosts The Immune System:

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Meditation will result in relaxation on the part of the performer. This means that there are less stress-related chemicals in the body. This will therefore lead to better health as healthy coping strategies are employed.

Meditation Improves Concentration and Focus:

The goal of meditation is to achieve a certain purpose through the mind. It literally is the basic practice of concentration. By noting elements such as breath, concentration and focus becomes a natural habit. This will therefore result in mindfulness during all activities.

With these benefits in mind, read this article to get understand the basic tips of meditation for beginners.

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