How much thought do you give to the role of your mind in the exercises you do? We might spend months researching the latest bike or pair of sneakers, but if we don’t train and engage the mind correctly, our exercise can never reach its full potential.

Put simply, if we want our bodies to be fit, our minds must be, too.

Mindfulness gives us a clarity and lack of distraction that’s essential for mental balance. In exercise, it gives us confidence to perform every stroke and move every muscle naturally and to the very best of our ability.

Imagine swimming mindfully, focused on perfecting every stroke with the best sense of timing, effort and ease. The results from completing 50 lengths like this will be far superior to swimming up and down while worrying about work and what to make for dinner.

Working out mindfully means we’re giving the exercise we work so hard on the attention it deserves, giving us the best results yet.

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