Mindfulness and Functional training….
Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of articles pop up on my social media feeds preaching the benefits of mindfulness practices and particularly gratitude. Apparently implementing some sort of mindful practice not only makes you happier but basically a better all-round human being. So in an effort to be a better human, I’m giving it a shot and of course in the age where we share everything online, I’ll be doing the same and sharing these experiences.
So where to start? After consulting a colleague (also known as the mindfulness guru) I’ve broken it down to three steps.
Step one – Practice Gratitude
Step two – Meditation
Sept three – Mindfulness in everyday life
So step one, Gratitude. I’ve been encouraged to start a gratitude journal. At the end of each day or whenever I feel like it, I jot down the things that I’m grateful for from the day. The obvious things often go down, family & friends. But the trivial things that make you happy throughout the day are just as important, like coffee or training. The key is to also note why they make you feel this way. From what I understand the end goal is to be more aware of the here and now experiences.
So what has this got to do with Functional training you ask? Well…..it has everything to do with it. Functional training is training the body for the rigours of day to day life. But we generally only focus on the physical side of things. There are definite benefits to mental health from physical exercise, but with a more specific approach to training the mind we can also train ourselves to deal with the emotional non-physical rigours life throws our way.
So there you go. Stay tuned for steps two and three as well as general updates along the way.