How meditation and HIIT work together
Imagine, watching a film on fast forward mode for one second and in
ultra-slow motion, for the very next moment. That’s how we can compare a
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which is a quick and intense workout,
against mediation, which slows down your entire system. When combined, this can
be the ideal combination to restore your physical, mental and spiritual health.
Fitness enthusiasts now have started giving importance to mental endurance in
addition to physical fitness. The physical strength to go one more rep or one
more lap stems from a strong mental state to strive for more.
Meditation is often associated with sitting in a quiet room rather than an
intense, loud environment where the heart rate is revving high with bursts of
movement. However, during tougher phases of the workout, you need high level of
concentration which is attained by being in a meditative space.
The participants should bring themselves to that space before starting the
workout by meditating for 10-15 minutes. By doing so, they will have more energy
and mindfulness throughout the workout and would leave feeling refreshed.
Here’s what meditation brings to HIIT workout
Before starting your HIIT workout, it is good to spread an aura of
positivity. This helps in increasing your focus and improves the output of your
workout. Using meditation as a tool, you can use various breathing patterns
along with positive affirmations to get started. These also help in
strengthening your mind and being a calming influence on the highly active HIIT
So how are the two mutually beneficial?
HIIT combined with meditation, helps you experience a balance of consistent
focus and increases your endurance levels like never before.
Balance is the key
Have you ever done workouts like weighted squats, lunges or butt kicks and
have almost fallen over? Improving your balance doesn’t only reduce the risk of
getting injured it also helps you keep up your concentration during an HIIT
session. Meditation helps strengthens your core which in turn gives you better
How HIIT helps meditation
The health benefits of HIIT can actually make your meditation better. HIIT
has multiple health benefits (helps control hypertension, prevents diabetes,
releases endorphins, to name a few), which in turn can lead to a better
Anyone who is engaged in HIIT or for that matter any physical activity knows
the importance of staying injury free. A twisted ankle, a torn ligament can
stall your progress for days or even weeks. Meditation helps improve your
concentration, so your chances of injuries reduce, and you can work out for
Lose weight, gain health
Don’t we all want to lose weight and keep ourselves fit? HIIT is a very
powerful exercise to burn plenty of calories in a short span of time. While,
meditation can make you self- aware about your eating and lifestyle patterns.
HIIT the right focus
In our busy lifestyles, our mind tends to wander and lose focus. That’s the
time meditation comes to the rescue by making us self-aware and helps us
understand our areas of strengths and scope for improvements. Also, it helps you
to focus on one task at a time. So a HIIT session with meditation, enhances you
focus and concentration on every exercise or repetition.