By: Rachael Hartley, RD
“I know what to do, I just have to do it.”
Sound familiar? As a private practice dietitian/nutritionist working mainly with clients who have spent most their lives yo-yo dieting, it’s a sentiment I hear quite frequently. If I had a quarter for every time someone uttered that phrase to me, well, I wouldn’t be rich, but I would definitely have enough to pick up those Frye booties I’ve been eyeballing.
If the word “meditation” has you envisioning bending yourself into a pretzel while chanting “Ohm”, it may be time to re-think things. Sharon Salzberg, meditation teacher and author, explains why you should consider exploring meditation.
It’s Backed By Science
As Sharon explains, meditation isn’t flaky at all, and it’s benefits have been shown through brain scans, cortisol levels and genetic expressions. For example, meditation has been shown to help lower blood pressure, improve serotonin production to reduce anxiety and decrease tension.
People hit the gym and go for hour-long runs to improve their fitness, tone their muscles and get a rockin’ bod. But, there are so many other benefits that come from working out that often go overlooked. Read up on how exercising can improve your mood and overall mental wellness, and you’ll be inspired to start pounding the pavement.
- Reduce Stress
Busy day at the office? We understand. Take a walk around your neighborhood or try a new workout to relieve your stress. Working up a sweat increases concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that moderates the brain’s reaction to stress. So, get sweaty and you’ll reduce your stress in no time.