Mind/Body Exercise

Mind/Body Exercise

Mind/Body Exercise
Pilates, yoga and tai chi are considered mind-body exercises because the focus is on breathing and meditation. These exercises work at calming the body thus reducing blood pressure, stress levels and improving all over mood. Fitness for your mind.

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    A , Preventive Medicine, answered
    It is time for all of us, no matter what our age, to get up off the couch and get moving. The research is overwhelming on the positive effects of exercise in every season of our lives. A University of Illinois study showed adults who walked 45 minutes three times a week improved performance on cognitive tasks by 15 percent.
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    The purpose of calming and relaxation exercises like yoga, meditation, tai chi, qi gong, is to improve feelings of peace and calm and lower the pulse, blood pressure, and reduce levels of stress hormones in the body. Through time and training the mind can help the body calm itself and lower the heart rate and reduce stress levels, which promote calming and feelings of relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.  

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    A , Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, answered
    The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines mind-body interventions as "interventions that employ a variety of techniques designed to facilitate the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms."

    In the textbook, Complementary Therapies and Wellness written by Jodi Carlson, mind-body interventions refer to "interventions that can be taught to clients to affect themselves, as opposed to interventions directed by the intention of another person such as energy therapies."

    Mind-body exercises include Pilates, yoga and tai-chi.

    I am of the opinion that it is possible for anyone participating in physical activity or exercise to become more aware of how they move in space thus being able to connect with their body's movement on a deeper level.

    Moving with conscious effort can only improve the quality of the activity.
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    A question to respond with is what exercise will not help you relax?  Some of your best forms of relaxation exercises would include some form of yoga.  Find a yoga studio or go to your local fitness center and take a class.  You will be introduced to a 45 to 60 minute class consisting of stretching to help elongate your muscles and help take your stress away.  In addition, all exercise can assist in relaxation.  Some people love to exercise, some hate it, and others are in-between.  Regardless of your feelings toward exercise, your body will thank you, you will feel a sense of accomplishment, and should result in a relaxed body.

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    This will depend on your priorities and personal health goals. For example, are you looking for a low range of physical activity and a high range of mental exercise such as meditation and breath focus or vice versa? Also, your current health status including injuries can also factor into what is your best choice for a mind-body exercise. In addition to these considerations, a good way to determine the right path for you is to rent a DVD or visit a local fitness or wellness center to experiment and see what feels right for your personal needs. You may find you enjoy more than one type of mind-body exercise.
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    Yoga, Pilates, and martial arts such as tai chi, tae kwan do, and qi gong are the most commonly known types of physical activity be classified as mind-body exercises. Although by adding the mental awareness aspect to any form of exercise, it can become a mind-body exercise. For example, many athletic runners will describe running as a meditative practice due to the focus of the breath, in through the nose and out through the mouth, along with the focus on the body keeping steady pace.
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    You should always use precaution whenever engaging in an exercise class if you have a bad knee. The severity of your injury will dictate if it is safe to exercise. Make sure you get consent from your health care practitioner.

    Just as important as obtaining consent is practicing proper exercise technique, maintaining ideal posture and avoiding painful positions. Avoid deep knee bends and knock-kneed positions. These positions are potentially dangerous if your knees are injured. 
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    Breathing is vital for health and wellness. Breathing techniques can help you feel calm, relaxed, and reduce stress levels. When you feel calm, stress hormones are reduced and resting heart rate and blood pressure levels decline.

    Your respiratory system works intimately with your cardiovascular system to accomplish optimal cellular function by transporting oxygen from the environment and transferring it to the bloodstream, and transferring carbon dioxide from the blood to the lungs and eventually transporting it out of your body. Deep breathing is essential in this process.

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    I think it's all a matter of what you're looking for your exercise to do for you. I'm all for people working out enough, and I have nothing against Pilates. But yoga does offer far more than just a physical workout. We teachers give you (hopefully practical) lessons on living from center alongside the movement. Yoga is a path to personal transformation on all levels: body, mind and heart. We practice in part to look and feel great, but at the foundation, we're listening inside, gaining wisdom, and learning how to apply our mindfulness tools in the outside world. Yoga doesn't end when class does; we're committed to holistic fitness: eating consciously, relating compassionately, and expressing ourselves with grace. So yoga, though there are so many types to try, always comes down to the practitioner walking the path of health, balance and vitality in every moment. Otherwise, it's just another workout class.
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    Mind-body calming exercises like meditation and tai chi have been shown to reduce blood pressure, heart rates, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol, increase dopamine levels (feel good brain chemical), relieve stress and improve mood and feelings of well being.  Studies have shown that people who engage in mind-body calming exercises are routinely less stressed, have lower rates of depression, cope better with setbacks and report greater feelings of overall satisfaction with their life. Mind-body calming exercises like yoga, tai chi, meditation, qi gong, can be safely performed every day of the week.