How Meditation Can Improve Your Physical Health - 2nd Week
By Genevieve Cunningham
The mental benefits of meditation have long been known. Those who practice it religiously claim benefits ranging from clarity to fewer worries to reduction in headaches. While these are wonderful benefits, they may not feel like quite enough to get you sitting still and being one with the world. But what’s a little less known is that meditation can bring about some wonderful physical benefits as well. Take a look at these three great reasons to sit calmly and breathe deep every single day.
It Eases Stress
This might sound like a mental benefit, and it is. But, stress brings about a great number of physical ailments to your body. It can lead to excessive weight, high blood pressure, chronic headaches, and even heart disease. Over time, these can wreak havoc on your body and overall condition. By reducing and eliminating stress, you’re indirectly reducing or eliminating many of these symptoms as well. Less stress equals better mental and physical heath in almost every situation.
It Helps You Sleep
The less stress you have, the more relaxed your body feels, which ultimately leads to better sleep in a number of people. And who doesn't need more sleep? Pretty much everyone. We need sleep for proper function, long-term health, and general physical well-being. Meditation may not only help you get more, but it’s great for improving the quality of your sleep, which goes much further in boosting your wellness. Better sleep can also improve your immune system, fighting illness and keeping you healthier naturally.
It Might Improve Athletic Performance
If you’re an athlete, take note. Meditation is so good at clearing the mind and refocusing your attention and energy, a number of athletes claim that it improves their athletic function. They can run faster, jump higher, lift heavier objects … you get the idea. Their literal game improves. They’re not able to do anything supernatural, but the focus allows them to perform at their top performance level. In the world of athletics, this could be the difference in winning or losing or playing time and riding the bench.
If you haven’t tried meditation yet, it might be time to give it a whirl. It can be frustrating at first, but stick with it. Start slowly, ease into the practice, and leave yourself some room for both slip-ups and improvement. At the end of it all, your body and mind will claim some wonderful benefits to your long-term health.