When you’re trying to lose some weight and get fitter, it’s really important to pay some attention to your mind as well – that’s why New In 90 puts a lot of emphasis on meditation to help you lead a more stress-free life.

 So what is it, why is it good for you and what part can it play in a healthier and fitter lifestyle?

What’s immediately obvious is that many people are put off the whole process because of its mainly religious connections, the feeling that meditation is reserved for Buddhist monks and slightly “wacky” people. Some people said they would feel “silly” if they told their family or friends they were going to meditate and others said they wouldn’t be able to get into the positions!

Whatever you call the process, what’s really important is for everyone to realise the benefits of just finding some time for yourself each day…however busy you are (remember, the average Briton spends over three hours a day either watching TV or on social media).

Taking some time out to sit down and “turn off” is a great way to de-stress and relax, and it only needs to take 10 minutes (although if you can manage a bit longer, you will notice even more positive effects).

Like a lot of things in life though, you won’t see wondrous results after just one sitting, so try it for at least seven consecutive days if you can.

Start by finding somewhere as quiet and distraction free as possible. Sit down in a comfy upright chair and place your hands on your lap (no need for any painful cross-legged poses here!). The object is not to fall asleep but if you’re worried you will, put a timer on your phone and have it close by. You’ll also be fully awake, so you’ll be able to hear other sounds, such as the doorbell ring, or a child cry out.

Close your eyes and breath in slowly through your nose or mouth, it doesn’t really matter.

Remember, there are no rules here, it’s all about finding out what works best for you. Concentrate on your breathing and your body and feel how your body seems to get heavier with each breath out.

Keep your breaths slow and deep.

Now, to get your mind to go from manic mode to relaxation mode quickly takes lots of practice, so you’ll find that you immediately start thinking about something as soon as you close your eyes.

That’s absolutely OK and perfectly natural. Just as soon as you realise this is happening, just gently re-direct your mind back to your breathing and body. Repeat this “re-focusing” as often as you have to.

The first few times you try this, your mind will be incredibly restless and all over the place! But remember, just the act of sitting down and breathing slowly can be very beneficial, particularly if you feel extra stressed and your body is taut.

The key thing is to really try and find that 10 minutes! After a while (for some people it happens quite quickly, others take longer), you’ll be able to turn “off” much quicker and soon you feel the benefits of giving your mind a rest as well as your body.

Getting fitter and healthier is much more than just losing a bit of weight and meditation (or whatever you choose to call it) can play a huge part in the whole process. The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll see the benefits.
Good luck!

The New In 90 team.

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