We live in a very fast-paced world. We want things quicker, sooner, easier, and with less work. We like fast food, fast computers, and fast commutes. It’s easy to get caught in the “faster, faster, faster” trap.
While speed has its place, there are many reasons to get out of the fast lane – especially when it comes to exercise. The benefits of slowing down and adding mindful, deliberate movement to your workout routine are many. Here are just a few to consider:
1. Improved Mood
Most of us are quick to get angry, irritable, sad, frustrated, or impatient when we’re always on the go, go, go. When we take the time to slow down and move deliberately we allow our minds to relax. In fact, there have been studies showing that slow deliberate movement can improve the mood and well-being of those with chronic depression. No wonder why most people who practice tai chi and yoga know how to find their inner Zen better than most.
2. Weight Loss
Many think the key to weight loss is a fast paced, intense, almost grinding workout. Not only are there countless studies showing the benefits of short and slower workouts throughout the day, but slowing down can help you with weight loss.
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Remember, our movement comes in all shapes and sizes. Eating is a perfect example of how mindful, slow, and deliberate movement can aid in weight loss. Slowing down gives your body the time to signal your brain when it’s full. Slowing down will help you eat more intuitively, and I bet you’ll find yourself enjoying your meal more, too.
Beyond the subtle movement of chewing, deliberate exercise helps lower stress hormones which can make losing weight easier. A calm mind nourishes the body. A nourished body can lose weight easier.
3. Better Sex Life
Can your need for speed hurt you in the bedroom? It’s true! Being in a chronic hurry can raise levels of hormones that actually suppress your body’s production of dopamine. This chemical plays a key role in regulating your libido.
4. Healthy Heart
Always feeling rushed usually translates into more stress. More stress leads to higher blood pressure and higher blood pressure can cause all sorts of issues – especially with your heart. Slow down. Notice your movements. Notice your feelings. Breathe in, and out. Keep that heart healthy.
5. More Energy
This may feel counter intuitive, but listen up. Living in a constant frantic mode means more shallow breathing which deprives your brain and body with sufficient oxygen. Low oxygen intake means low energy. Slow deliberate movement means slow deliberate breathing. Deep breathing is a HUGE key to a healthy body and can drastically increase your energy levels.
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6. Increased Strength
While quick, face-paced workouts have their place, so do slow deliberate workouts. In fact, an article in the Journal of Sports Medicine showed that many who did resistance training for two to three times per week using slow movements actually had 50 percent greater increase in strength compared to those that pumped iron at a faster pace.
7. Decrease Arthritis and Pain
Slow movements like those often done in yoga, tai chi, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and stretching have been shown to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and pain. More and more pain clinics are starting to include slow movement therapies in their programs due to the amazing results people are experiencing.
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The benefits of putting some time to slow down are pretty big. If you let yourself start to move deliberately you’ll be amazed at the changes in your body and mind. So stop. Slow down. Take a breath. And enjoy all the amazing health benefits this change brings.
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