Cardio, weights, and yoga—they all address the physical part of your workout program. But what about the mental side that affects your ability to stay calm, persevere through your workout, and remain confident and optimistic? Could it be that you’re overlooking an activity that addresses this aspect of your overall health?
Meditation is often written off as something for monks sitting in caves. But an increasing amount of research shows that mediation can help many people in many different ways.
To see what you have to gain, check out the following 12 benefits of meditation. Then see how easy it is to start your own meditation practice in 3 simple steps.
1. Lower Risk Of Depression
Depression can—and does—happen to many people at some point in their life. Despite the fact that it can be very serious and can require medical care, it is far too often undiscussed and untreated. Exercise and a healthy diet with plenty of omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent depression, as can meditation.
Research indicates that meditation can be just as powerful as antidepressant medications. This doesn’t mean you should suddenly toss your pills in the trash, assume the lotus position, and meditate your depression away. (Not a good idea!) But it does illustrate the power of meditation.