Combining Mindfulness with Exercise

You might know that you need to exercise a little more regularly, but that doesn’t make it easier to add the task to your already busy day. Mindfulness might just be the key to combining your busy schedule as a caregiver with a new plan for exercising regularly.

Understanding Mindfulness

Mindfulness is both a simple and a complex practice. Mindfulness is about being attentive to what’s going on around you and in your mind as you go about your daily activities. It’s also about being aware of what you’re thinking and feeling without attaching judgments to those thoughts and feelings. The entire practice involves being present, as fully as possible, no matter what you’re doing.

Exercise and Your Mental Health

Exercise has huge benefits for your physical health, but that’s probably something you already know. It also has benefits for your mental and emotional health. Part of that is physical, because exercise causes the brain to release chemicals, like dopamine and endorphins, that help you to feel better both physically and emotionally. Exercise can help your mental health in other ways, too, especially if you’re engaging in exercise in a social way.

When Adding Mindfulness, Don’t Overthink It

Including mindfulness in your exercise routine is a given if you’ve already embraced practicing mindfulness on a regular basis. But if you’re new to both, it’s easy to incorporate mindfulness practice. One obstacle you don’t want to introduce for yourself is a habit to overthink what you’re doing. Concentrate on how your body feels as you exercise. What are you hearing and seeing? Pay attention to all of the little details, but remember not to judge anything.

Get Medical Clearance Before Starting any Exercise Program

Something else to remember, especially if you’ve never exercised much before, is that you need to talk to your doctor first. This is necessary so that you can ensure that it’s safe for you to begin exercising and so that you can get a determination about how much exercise you should reasonably be doing right now. Always start out slowly and ramp up your activity levels as you’re able to do so. Pushing yourself too hard and too quickly can leave you injured.
As you practice mindfulness more often, you may find that it helps you to quiet your mind and to deal with the stress you encounter as a caregiver. It’s a simple technique, but it helps you to hone your focus.

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About Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.

Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.