It's easy to feel gratitude for your family, friends, a safe warm home, your job and so on, but it might feel weird to bring this to your fitness routine. When we combine the practices of gratitude and mindfulness with our exercise routines, we unlock a powerful synergy that nourishes not only our bodies but also our minds and spirits.
In this blog, I'll explore how applying this simple tool may help you feel better, recover faster and see progress more quickly.
1️. Gratitude amplifies joy: Exercise is a gift that allows us to move our bodies, strengthen our muscles, and improve our overall health. By infusing our workouts with gratitude, we shift our focus from what our bodies can't do to what they are capable of achieving. Gratefulness for our physical abilities, the energy to exercise, and the opportunity to care for our bodies amplify the joy we experience during our workouts.
2. Gratitude boosts motivation and resilience: Cultivating gratitude during exercise can enhance our motivation and resilience. By expressing gratitude for the progress we've made, the challenges we've overcome, and the strength we've built, we reinforce our determination to continue our fitness journey even when we don't feel like it or we start to wane in motivation.
Gratitude serves as a powerful reminder of our accomplishments, empowering us to push through obstacles and embrace new challenges with a positive mindset. When I'm struggling to get out the door or to get through a tough run, I try to remind myself that there are so many people who would love the time and ability to be doing what I'm doing, and it radically shifts the rest of the run for me.
3. Gratitude and mindfulness foster self-acceptance: Exercise does not have to be about achieving external goals or meeting societal expectations or looking good to post on Instagram. By infusing gratitude and mindfulness into our workouts, we cultivate a deeper sense of self-acceptance and self-love.
We learn to appreciate our bodies for what they are capable of in the present moment, rather than fixating on perceived imperfections. This shift in perspective allows us to embrace ourselves with compassion and kindness, leading to a more positive body image in all areas of our lives.
The benefits of gratitude and mindfulness extend far beyond the duration of our workouts. As we practice gratitude during exercise, we develop a greater capacity to apply these principles to our daily lives. We become more attuned to moments of joy, more resilient in the face of challenges, and more present in our interactions with others. The skills we cultivate during exercise become tools for living a more mindful and grateful life overall.