At I Love Martial Arts Georgia, we guide individuals through all sorts of exercise to promote for a stronger, better life. One workout that we guide classes through is usually done right before warming up our bodies. In the martial arts world, meditation serves as a tool to connect the mind to the body.
According to Instructor Gasstrom from Choe’s HapKiDo in Loganville, “…your mind plays a significant part when doing physical training and conditioning as it will determine how long you will be able to handle the intensity of the workout. Therefore, by training your mind to overcome greater lengths and amount of workout, you will be able to have even better results.”
As fierce and wild as meditation sounds, it should not be overlooked as useless. It is simple, yet can be powerful. Neurologists have observed beneficial changes to the brain for those that undergo meditation: it can decrease pain sensitivity, improve mood associated to depression and anxiety, increase focus which greatly affect those with ADD/ADHD, and influence to be more awake and relaxed (Dvorsky).
While some studies have shown great changes to those who meditated five hours a day, people can receive benefits from this exercise by attempting 20 minutes a day. The mind is an incredible creation, as it can “memorize how much your body can handle and send it signals…[and] your body will perform against the limitations you set for yourself and improve with repetition (Gasstrom).
Meditation will not work like other forms of exercise because it’s in a zone of its own. If someone is looking for a way to relieve stress, then all forms of exercise including meditation will do. But if someone desires to improve in areas like mood, concentration and breathing, then meditation should be given a try. Especially if it is something that people can get into, it can be so beneficial to one’s health.
Written by Christie McGowan
Dvorsky, George. “The Science Behind Mediation, and Why It Makes You Feel Better.” i09.com. Kinja, 2013. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.
Gasstrom, John. “Martial Arts Lesson of the Week- Connecting Mind and Body.” Choe’s HapKiDo of Youth. Bogger. 2014. Web. 14 Jan. 2015.
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