Along with my exercise habit (which is going well so far!) I am trying to stop and listen to my body when I’m done. I think this is one of the hardest times to sit, listen and be mindful of your body. Your heart is pounding, you’re sweating, you may be sore, tired and have muscle fatigue. This is exactly why it’s so important to sit and listen to your body.
After your routine is complete, find a quiet place to sit and listen to what your body is saying. Start with a couple of minutes and work up to just 5 or 10 minutes.
Simply sit down, focus on your breath and pay attention to how your body feels. If you have some extra time I highly recommend doing a full body scan. I love doing this when I practice yoga to see how my body feels.
The point is to cool off your body and your mind and to be aware of how you feel.
Mentally scan each part of your body, asking questions like these:
- How does this feel?
- Did I push too hard or not hard enough?
- Does anything hurt? Why?
- Do I need to rest this particular part for a day or two?
And any other questions that come to mind.
Flex and relax all of your muscles if time permits. This will make sure you aren’t holding any tension throughout the day.
This small habit will help you analyze how different types of exercise make your body feel. You will be more aware of what happens to your body during and after an exercise. This can help you avoid injury or unnecessary strain to your body. Doing this will make you mindful of the signals that your body is sending you. Do yourself a favor and quietly listen to these important signals.