This article was originally published at awomanshealth.com written by Maryann Hammers.
Five easy ways to achieve mind-body wellness.
Long-distance runner Beth Weinstein remembers a particularly grueling 50K trail race last year. “I was undertrained, tired, in tons of pain,” she recalls. “It was muddy and wet from heavy rain—many runners didn’t finish.”
But Beth wasn’t about to give up. So, she began repeating positive mantras in her mind:
My knee feels great!
Strong, fast, easy, smooth.
My legs are full of energy.
“I focused my mind, listened to only my breath, and shifted my energy,” she says.
Beth not only finished in the top third, but she also beat her time from the previous year. Now a firm believer in the mind-body connection, she attends group meditation sessions and named her Brooklyn-based activewear company, OnlyAtoms, in recognition of the “connection between energy and matter,” she says. “It sounds nuts, but it works and it’s really cool.”