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    The Mindful Benefits Of Moving More

    Liv Surtees

    We all know that exercise is good for us: we’ve been told that we should exercise on a regular basis since we were young, it’s one of the core fundamental points of physical wellbeing, and whenever we have any health issues the doctor will typically ask, “well, how much exercise are you doing?”.

    Whilst exercising can definitely provide powerful benefits for the body, one of its most powerful benefits seems to get swept under the rug a little more: it’s incredibly beneficial for our mind.

    Although you may have heard that exercising can benefit mental health, there’s so much more to it than that - there are a whole host of ways moving more can support your mind, and even more specifically, connect you with a deeper level of mindfulness.

    Ready to mindfully move more? We’re going to run through the mindful benefits associated with exercise and let you know which exercises can benefit you the most depending on what you want to call forward into your life.


    Moving More? What Do We Mean?

    Before we dive in, we want to recognise and honour the fact that everyone moves differently. Everyone has their own routines, likes, dislikes, and abilities when it comes to exercise: there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to movement. 

    So, throughout this article, where exercise or movement is mentioned, it’s important to note that this doesn’t mean you should be doing any specific exercise or even a certain amount of exercise, we’re simply using these terms as a way to discuss movement in any way that feels good for you.

    Although specific types of exercise will be mentioned towards the end of this article, this is in reference to how you can utilise them to tap into certain aspects of mindfulness or connection with specific emotions. Your exercise regime is completely up to you and you should never feel pressured to move in a way that doesn’t feel good to you: try out new things and explore the world of movement, but make sure you’re moving in a way that supports your happiness and health best.

    5 Powerful Benefits of Exercise For Your Mind 

    Movement can benefit you in so many ways depending on what you’re doing and what intention you’ve set behind it. But now, let’s take a look at the main benefits of movement for your mind! 

    It Reduces Anxiety and Stress

    One of the most well-known benefits of exercise for the mind is that it reduces stress and anxiety. Exercise is one of the most powerful ways to directly reduce stress and anxiety since it promotes the brain to release endorphins (natural painkillers and happy hormones) and lowers cortisol levels (a stress hormone). When endorphins are released and cortisol levels are lowered, you’re more likely to have an improved mood, reduced physical feelings of stress in the body, and a lower likelihood of experiencing anxious thoughts and feelings.

    It Gives You Time To Process Thoughts

    When it comes to the busy lives that most of us live, doing exercise can really help us clear our minds and process our thoughts. Whether you’re in a class and focusing intently on what you’re doing and therefore giving your brain some time to think on its own, or you’re on a jog and you have time to actually think more clearly about the things you want to without distraction, exercise allows you to process your thoughts more clearly. If you’ve ever been for a walk and noticed that you’ve worked through an issue that’s been weighing on your mind for a while or you think about a new way to approach a work problem, you’ll know exactly how exercise can help you process thoughts in your mind.

    It Helps You Tap Into Creativity

    Exercise, even more so when done outside surrounded by nature, can help you to boost your creativity - spending time exercising doesn’t just allow you the time to come up with new ideas, but the functions of the brain that improve because of exercise are also the areas of the brain that are linked with an increased level of creativity since it boosts the imagination. Studies even support this, showing that those who exercise regularly are more creative than those who have sedentary lifestyles. 

    It Reduces Mental Tension

    Just as exercise can reduce physical tension in the body, it can also reduce mental tension. Movement is a great way to get things flowing, release frustration, and allow you to channel your emotions and thoughts (even, or even especially, the negative ones) into something more productive and beneficial for you. The feeling of release and calm after a kickbox class or a good gym session? You’ve reduced your mental tension!

    It Boosts Cognitive Health and Function

    Exercise supports cognitive health and function as a whole - it improves various functions of the brain such as attention, memory, and problem-solving. Additionally, since exercise promotes better sleep and reduces stress levels, it also indirectly supports cognitive function long term and can help you better deal with situations, experiences, and emotions in your daily life.

    Choosing The Right Exercise For What You’re Looking To Call Forward Into Your Life

    Whether you have a regular exercise routine that you stick to or you have no idea what type of exercise truly suits you, it’s important to understand that there are specific types of exercise that can help you call forward the things you need or want in your life. With this knowledge, you can hack your exercise routine to provide you with the benefits that you’re looking to experience.

    So, let’s take a look at some of these exercises and help you bring forward what you’re looking for in your life.

    The Best Exercises For Boosting Your Energy

    Whether you have a big day at work and you know need to cultivate the highest possible energy levels or you simply want to invite more of a sustained level of energy into your life, here are two types of exercise you can enjoy to boost your energy:

    HIIT - High-intensity workouts are one of the best ways to dramatically increase your heart rate and truly get your blood flowing around your body. This can boost endorphins, improve your energy levels, and give you more stamina both short term after the exercise and in the long run when practised on a regular basis.

    Boxing/Kickboxing/MMA - Combat-style exercise, such as boxing or MMA, is a cardio-heavy type of exercise that provides all of the same benefits as HIIT-style workouts, but it can also help you release frustrations and get rid of any pent-up emotional energy.

    The Best Types of Exercise For Calming Your Mind

    If you want to call forward more mindfulness into your life or simply reduce your anxiety levels during a stressful period of your life, here are two types of exercise that can help you to calm your mind:

    Yoga - Yoga, especially yoga that’s more concentrated on the mind and connected to slower movements (such as Hatha yoga), is a great exercise that can help you to calm the mind, connect the body and the mind, and give you a safe space to be introspective. 

    Walking - Going for a walk, especially when done outdoors and not on a treadmill, brings forward a sense of relaxation and calm, allowing you to not only get out and about and experience new environments, but it also gives you time to process thoughts and find a deeper level of serenity.

    The Best Types of Exercise For Connecting Spirituality

    Wanting to connect with your spiritual self a little more? Ready to call in more introspection into your life with the help of spirituality? Here are two types of exercise that can help you explore spirituality:

    Tai Chi - The aim of Tai Chi isn’t just to calm the mind and bring forward a flow-state, but it increases self-awareness, promotes letting go, and supports a natural balanced state of body and mind.

    Ecstatic Dance - Ecstatic dance is strongly associated with spirituality - it allows you to reach an “ecstatic” or meditative state and promotes reaching a state of freedom and flow through the body whilst connecting more deeply with yourself and the wider world. 

    The Best Types of Exercises For Increasing Sensuality

    Eager to tap more into your sensuality, bring forward more feminine energy, or actually use exercise to improve your sex life? Here are two types of exercise that can help you explore spirituality:

    Pole Dancing - Pole fitness, buit more specifically pole dancing (pole dancing is typically less about fitness and more about flow-state and sensual floorwork), can promote you to tap into your sensual nature, connect with your body in a more erotic way, and express your sexuality through movement. 

    Barre - Barre is a type of exercise that can directly benefit your sex life and help you bring forward feelings of increased sensuality by increasing pelvic floor strength, improving stamina, and helping you become more connected with your body in typical sexual positions. 

    Ready To Start Moving More?

    It’s time to shift the narrative on exercise and start moving more with the aim of supporting your mind and increasing the amount of mindfulness you bring into your life. 

    So, let’s start moving more in ways that feel good for us.

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