Tips to Incorporate Mindful Movement Every Day
Mindfulness brings a new dimension to movement. Rather than moving for the sake of moving, or to accomplish a goal, mindful movement is practiced anchoring the body in the present moment. Many people feel more harmonious, relaxed, and calm after practicing mindful movement.
Known Health Conditions that Benefit from Mindful Movement:
- Cardiometabolic diseases
- Carpal Tunnel
- Chronic Pain
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Stand with your feet planted, shoulder-length apart, knees slightly bent.
- Relax your shoulders and tuck your chin slightly.
- Breathe in and out, then inhale as you bring your arms out to the side, raising them slowly up over your head as you inhale.
- Exhale as you let your arms lower, then bring your hands in to rest your abdomen.
- Repeat, raising and lowering your arms, at least five times.
- Stand still and take a deep breath. Be aware of your body and how it feels. Where is your weight settled? Feel your heels pushing into the ground and be aware of the muscles holding your upright.
- Bend your knees and feel your weight shift. Take deep breaths and pay attention to your muscles, your skin, the air, and the sounds around you.
- Begin to walk, very slowly, keeping your knees slightly bent. Be aware of how your heel lands and pay attention to the sensation of your weight shifting across your foot.
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