The Benefits of Mindfulness

Written by Jared Kauffman

At KORE, we focus a lot on the fact that we’re not called KORE fitness but KORE Wellness. We like to stress that there are more sides to wellness than just good nutrition and exercise.  Fitness and nutrition are important components of well-rounded health, but what about mindfulness? This month we’re challenging our members to take 5 everyday and practice mindfulness.

Most people are immediately think about about meditation when they hear a word like mindfulness. Yes, meditation could one way that you obtain mindfulness, but there is a much more broad definition to mindfulness. It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through.  In a world full of noise, whether through the dings and chimes on your phone, the 24-hour news cycle, the sound of a new work email coming into your mailbox, calls from your family and friends, etc, it’s easy to get into a habit of never taking time to be mindful of what is going on inside you.

So why is mindfulness important and what can it do for your health?

The most widespread lifestyle ailment that can be improved with mindfulness is stress! We talk about stress a lot at the gym, and how what we do and eat can affect your stress levels.  Whether it's your job, school, kids, parents, or random drivers on the interstate, we all have things that regularly cause stress.

The physical effects of stress range from illness, injury, weight gain, fatigue, depression, chronic disease, and much more. Stress is simply your response to something that happens in the world around you.  Therefore, with the right techniques and a little practice, you can learn to have a response to your daily stressors that is much more controlled and calmed. This is where practicing mindfulness comes in by taking time to become fully aware of what’s happening, to think about what you’re doing in response to what’s happening, and to ask why or what could I do differently, you start to learn how to take control of the stressors in your life and dictate how they control you.  Even if you don't feel as though stress plays a large part in your life, being mindful can help in other ways. Some of these positives include but are not limited to:

  • Reduced food cravings or develop awareness of your hunger/fullness cues
  • Reduced negative and increased positive thoughts
  • Increased overall happiness
  • Increased ability to focus
  • Increased memory and cognitive abilities
  • Help in breaking bad habits
  • Help to relax and get better sleep.  


These benefits all come back to the idea that by becoming more mindful you have more control of your response to external factors.  You can start to see results with 5 minutes of quiet time, or structured deep breathing, walking, body scan techniques, simply taking time to be with yourself, and more.  

During the month of April, we are going to help educate you on different ways to be mindful and challenge you to take 5 minutes out of your busy day for yourself.  Stay tuned for details coming soon!

   




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