While you may not think of it as a workout, meditation
is an often overlooked but very important part of a fitness routine. Many studies are even showing a connection between the mindfulness that meditation creates and weight loss.
Think of your brain as a muscle, says Jennifer Galardi, a health and fitness expert in New York City. It needs to be trained (just like your abs) to be centered and focused. If you can quiet the mind, you can tune into a universal intelligence that is always present, which will help you assess what it is your body is really needing: a yoga class or a kick-butt cardio session? Pilates or Plyometrics? Or, you may actually need a day of rest.
By learning how to be present with meditation, you can make your workouts even more effective, Galardi says. And don't worry, meditation doesn't have to mean just sitting still. If you like running on the treadmill, focus on listening to the sound of your breath as you inhale and exhale. For more tips on getting started with meditation, check out this helpful beginner's guide.