Mindful Running helps to relax
Faster, longer, further: that is the motto under which many joggers pursue running. The Mindful Running method explain that there are alternative ways to run, i.e. running consciously, where relaxation and concentration are the main focus. The basic idea behind it is the concept of mindfulness, explains Sandra Gärttner from the German University for Prevention and Health Management (DHfPG). The principle of mindfulness is mainly known from profession and meditation. However, it can be transfered to leisure sports, according to the expert. When running, for example, it means focusing attention on the environment - on what you see, hear, smell and feel.
The ability to increase your concentration:
On the one hand, this helps when running itself, because it improves body perception and reduces the risk of injury. On the other hand, the positive effects of recreational sports are also enhanced: Tensions can be relieved more easily and the ability to concentrate increases.
How Mindful Running works:
If you want to try out mindful walking first, the best way to start is with your own breathing. For this purpose, pay close attention to your breath when walking or running slowly: How does it flow into the body and out again? Then concentrate on the rhythm of your own steps, then perhaps on your feet: how do they land, how do they roll? If your thoughts wander away for a moment, that's not too bad. But you should aim to return to the current mindfulness goal as quickly as possible.