Treadmill Meditation – Mindful Walking

Treadmill meditation is a way to not only exercise your body, but also simultaneously relax your mind. It may sound a bit strange, but it is a perfect combination to make your treadmill workout timeless.

Before addressing the two together, it is important to fully understand what meditation is.


It is a discipline where the person strives to go beyond the “thinking” mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Although, meditation has been a core for many religions, it can be done without any religious intent. Some practitioners believe that it is a way of life, and the word “meditation” means “a cessation of the thought process”. Some may misunderstand that meditation is some sort of spiritual practice where the practitioner sits down with their eyes closed and empties the mind of thoughts to gain peace. This is a form of meditation, but being in the moment and focusing on what you are doing without letting your mind wander is also meditation. While on a treadmill, being mindful can really help you get the perfect workout.

Mindful Meditation

This is a form of meditation which focuses on being fully present. This meditation may appeal to those who aren’t looking for a spiritual focus, but a way to truly “exercise” the mind. You walk through life with words and actions flying at you at an unstoppable rate. The mind rants on and on about paying bills, cooking dinner, picking the kids up, meeting the work deadline and so on. But with mindful meditation, you are stopping the ranting and focusing on one thing.

Mindful Walking

You may hop on the treadmill and sigh. How are you going to get through the next half an hour? Treadmill meditation may be your answer. Instead of drowning your session in TV watching, being aware of every step and help you enter deeply into the present.

So many times, treadmill users miss a step or lose their balance because their mind is lost in a thought, or their attention is on a song or magazine. With treadmill meditation, you can enter a state of flow. You are taking it one step at a time. Think about how your foot touches the treadmill belt and pushes off, or what sound is made when it touches it.

Once you’ve practiced treadmill meditation, you’ll probably notice that your workout is less dreaded. Also, keeping your mind focused will become easier. Treadmill meditation is an interesting twist to any walk, and this type of mind discipline can assist you in other areas of your life.

Source by Andrew Johnson

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