Integrate Guided Meditations Into Your Workouts
By:Divne Pointer

Reducing fatigue and boredom, guided meditations increase the duration and quality of your daily workouts.

What do you think about while you're walking on the treadmill? What do you contemplate as you stroke rhythmically back and forth in the pool? Can you really visualize the Tour de France as you grind through an hour on the stationary bicycle? Even in your most pious moments, does the image of a down-facing dog really transport you to a better place? Rhythmic, repetitive exercise perfectly complements guided meditations. In fact, guided meditations help to establish the rhythm in your work-out, often making it easier for you to go further and keep going longer.

Guided meditations sustain long-distance runners.
Marathoners frequently discuss "the wall," that commonplace disaster that afflicts many novice runners just after they pass the twentieth mile, their physical and psychological resources completely drained and most of their reserves exhausted, too. People describe the phenomenon as the complete and total equivalent of running head-on into a wall. Although most long-distance runners sooner or later experience serious collisions with "the wall," the phenomenon has no solid foundation in physiology or psychology. Guided meditations provide one of the best defences against hitting the wall, because they minimize the effects of physical and psychological fatigue. They synchronize motion and breathing, suspending runners' senses of time and space, so that they experience fewer signs and symptoms of stress, boredom, and exhaustion.

Meditate on your "LSD" swims.
Sixties Olympian Don Scholander, a Yale undergraduate at the time of his greatest successes, said he thought about Coleridge's poetry as he logged his ten thousand yards every day. Michael Phelps listens to music and focuses on the numbers-counting the laps and noting his "split" times-as he totes-up his daily yardage. Most swimmers daydream or simply follow the swimmers in front of them. Coaches note that the biggest limitation on swimmers does not come from lack of physical endurance but from boredom. At the peak of their workouts, swimmers experience the aquatic equivalent of "the runner's high," but it fades and their minds go blank. They lose interest in and motivation for their swimming. Meditation, however, capitalize on the rhythmic quality of long-distance swimming, so that the brain's focus on "Om" complements the body's motion; both become automatic, blocking out pain and increasing stamina. Played through a waterproof iPod, the earpieces tucked securely under a swim cap, which blocks out the whole world, meditation paces the strokes and control breathing, so that everything about the swim becomes meditative.

Guided meditations especially complement yoga practice.
Two branches of the same spiritual tree, guided meditations naturally complement yoga like peanut butter complements jelly-a connection so perfectly "of course" yoga practitioners look right past it. Especially yoga practices devoted to breathing and perfection of the poses become more productive and satisfying when you integrate guided meditation, chanting Om, with the movements. More importantly, however, when you deliberately block-out vision and hearing with a new thoughts, you promote the inwardness the best yoga practices require.

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