According to statisticbrain.com, the number 1 New Year’s Resolution for 2015 is “losing weight”. Four rungs down, it’s “staying fit and healthy” at the top 5 spot.
Hmmm. Are they yours too? Yes? And more importantly, could you honestly say this is the first time you’ve promised yourself to jump into the bandwagon of health and fitness while ushering in a new year?
Probably not. Chances are that these popular resolutions were part of your list last 2014, 2013, 2012, et cetera. But don’t worry. Hope is not lost. You can break the cycle of broken resolutions with meditation.
How Meditation Keeps You Healthy
Strong and Clear Mind
Being healthy or choosing to be healthy is not easy, especially if your body has become used to inactivity and bad diet. You’ll need a strong mind to overcome that. That’s why you need meditation. It will keep your mind clear and shield you from the often difficult transition from your current lifestyle to a healthier way of living.
Resilience to Stress
And when it comes to meditation’s stress-busting capability, it’s not all talk and promises. Scientific evidence backs it up. Meditation helps reduce cortisol, also called the stress hormone, inside our bodies, Moreover, numerous brain scans have shown that meditation “quiets” the mind. It reduces brain activity and allows the body to enter into a deep restful state.
Changes Your Attitude About Food
Without realising it, we often subject ourselves to mindless eating. We eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner as if we were on auto-pilot. Sometimes, we also eat depending on our mood. We munch our stress and boredom away.
Needless to say, this is harmful to our health. Usually, we consume more than what we need. The calories keep coming and soon enough, the battle with the bulge becomes difficult.
Believe it or not, meditation changes your behaviour towards food. One of its primary benefits is reconnecting you to the present, and once your awareness is heightened it’s easier for you to be “mindful” of your actions, and most importantly, your eating habits.
So, do it right and do it often. Meditation will keep your drive to lose weight and stay healthy stronger. It will fuel you to push harder and go the extra mile to achieve the results you want.
If you truly want to have a healthier lifestyle, start with your mind. Meditate and don’t let the busy-ness of day-to-day life hinder you. Learn the mindfulness meditation technique and you can train your mind wherever you are and whenever you want.