The Effects of Breath Meditation on Runners
Hitting the wall
The human body uses glycogen as fuel, but fat can be burned to supplement our energy needs. The challenge runners have is that oxygen is required for energy conversion, and oxygen is reduced when running at higher speeds. With consistent practice, the body adapts and starts to burn glycogen and fat more efficiently, and hitting the wall becomes less frequent. However, there is another cause for hitting the wall, and that is adrenalin. When runners are excited, and adrenalin is released in the body, the runner is letting their emotional state determine their pace. If this pace is more rapid than the runner's usual pace, the runner becomes vulnerable to hitting the wall. The question is whether mediation make a difference for a runner? Mediation is known to be able to keep our emotions at an even keel, freeing the mind from distracting thoughts, and has proven affects on physiology.
Meditation is a spiritual practice that has been practiced by all societies and religions throughout history. The purpose of meditation is to quiet the mind from distracting thought while enhancing its ability to focus. Breathing meditation is a simple form of meditation that involves focusing your attention on the sensations of your breath as you inhale and exhale\. It is natural for the mind to wander but by returning your attention back to the breath, the practitioner can develop a disciplined mind. Modern research has demonstrated the beneficial effects of meditation on both the mind and the body. Reduced stress, blood pressure, and improved concentration are but a few. In order for you to practice breathing meditation, you need to: