Guest post from Lupa RunOur day to day is often busy and without enough presence. Stressful and with little physical activity.
More and more people are turning to meditation as a coping tool to find more balance in their lives.
At Lupa Run, we have decided to combine the most effective mindfulness and meditation practices with the power of movement, to create an even richer, deeper and more meaningful experience.
This, is called Mindful Running.
What is Mindful Running?
Mindful running is a form of exercise that combines running with mindfulness techniques, such as breathwork, body scan, non-judgmental presence, and awareness.
The goal of mindful running is to help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations as you run, rather than getting lost in your thoughts or letting your mind wander.
This can help you to stay more focused and present during your run which has the potential of improving your performance.
Above all, it may help you reduce stress and anxiety, improve your overall sense of well-being and enjoy your run more.
A 2016 study found that combining mindfulness and running can even decrease depression symptoms by 40%. Some people find that mindful running can also help them to become more attuned to their bodies, which may help them to run more efficiently and reduce their risk of injury.
How do you Run Mindfully?
Common ways to practise mindful running include:
1. Paying attention to your breathing: focusing on the sensation of the air moving in and out of your body as you run.
2. Noticing your surroundings: Taking in the sights, sounds, and smells around you as you run.
3. Observing your body: Noticing how your body feels as you run, including any tension or discomfort.
4. Accepting your thoughts and feelings: Don't try to push away any negative thoughts or feelings that come up, but rather acknowledge them and let them pass.
Easy, right? Well, for some people running is a natural way to destress, but for others, the mind still won’t stop. Add all the questions about running itself: “what should I do today?”, “am I running at the right pace?”, etc.
Discover the Lupa Run coach:
Lupa Run is the first personalised, real-time audio coach who guides you while you run. The Lupa Run coach’s prompts help you sync with your body, find some headspace and bring your attention to the present moment so that you can focus on the experience of running, cultivating a sense of calm and clarity as you run.
Let the coach guide you on a journey of self-discovery:
“Lupa Run has taught me to check-in with myself mentally, physically & emotionally. It has made me a more self-aware runner”. Keon
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