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Now. The good stuff. Aka The Meditation of Cardio.
I’m not a fan of cardio. Like I literally want to have a throw myself on the floor, kick and scream toddler tantrum every time I have to do cardio. Don’t make me do it!
But I’ve come to mentally understand that cardio is a necessary evil. So I’ve started doing sprints on a stationary bike at the gym which was nearly unbearable in the beginning. Truth.
Until I learned to change my mindset about it.
It’s so easy to trick yourself into thinking you can’t do something. When I do cardio I only think about everything negative going on in that moment. My thoughts are pure dislike so of course I wouldn’t enjoy cardio. To flip the switch, I decided I would do 10 sets of 1 minute go all out bike sprints with a 30 second rest in between each minute. 15 minutes total minutes. Manageable; even for the cardio haters.
I put my headphones in, blasted some Missy Elliot Get Cha Freak On and began. I stared at one spot on the bike, focused solely on my breath and used the mantra “Just one minute”. I only had to go all out for one minute, and then I could get a break. I could do that.
The first minute flew by and before I knew it I was accidentally going over my minute. I was deeply focused. I was meditating and fully, completely in my zone. Someone could have fallen off the bike next to me and I wouldn’t have even noticed. I had no awareness of what was going on around me, the only thing that existed in that moment was my breath and my mantra.
Take away: Meditation does not have to mean sitting in stillness with your hands on your knees and repeating “OM”. Meditation can come in many forms and it can be a big advantage to switching your mindset from hating something to loving something.
Homework: Pick an activity you don’t love, set a goal, create a mantra and get to it! Let me know how it goes.