Like yoga, meditation has been practiced for centuries but only recently began gaining popularity in Western culture. Despite meditation’s history, modern scientists have just started scratching the surface of the connection between it and improved health.
Practicing meditation helps you get more in tune with your body, mentally and physically, generating myriad benefits for your health.
- Improves circulation
- Lowers heart rate
- Helps maintain a healthy heart
- Improves immune system functions
- Promotes positivity
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves memory
- Enhances quality of sleep
- Promotes self-acceptance and positive body image
“Apps for meditation are everywhere right now,” “Fit This In” moderator Jen Rehill said. “It’s kind of a modern twist of the ancient tradition.”
To test the benefits, the “Fit This In” team dedicated its latest episode to practicing meditation. Each member has had interest in trying meditation, or has fully intended to start incorporating it into her day — although it didn’t necessarily stick.
“I first started seriously thinking about meditation around New Year’s,” Noelle Feron said. “I was with some girlfriends who had tried it, and they said it had really helped even just doing it five minutes a day. It helped calm them down, it helped them prioritize things at work, and they really got a lot of benefits out of it. So I said I was going to try it — and never did. I’m excited that I am finally getting to try out meditation with the ‘Fit This In’ team.”
Marsha Reisinger and Megan Dapp have tried meditation apps but not necessarily practiced the art in the traditional form.
“I used the app ‘Headspace,’ and I really liked it because the guy who is your guide has a British accent, which apparently helps to calm me down,” Megan said. “But like Noelle, my New Year’s resolution was to be more present — I have trouble turning my brain off at some times — so I did five minutes a day for two weeks, but then my free trial was up and I stopped.”
“I have used a meditation app, but I have this problem where, if I know I’m supposed to be relaxing, I don’t relax,” Marsha said. “So that was kind of what happened to me. I was only a minute in and my mind was just racing about every other thing other than relaxing, and I haven’t done it since.”
The “Fit This In” crew members could all agree that turning off their brains and finding a calm, work-free state of mind is far from easy at times, but they anticipated overcoming that challenge as they took on meditation with an open mind.
Listen to the latest “Fit This In” podcast to hear what the crew thought of meditation and see if you should try to find your Zen with meditation, too!