Mindfulness during exercise. Mindful motion means performing the exercise while keeping all your attention on the muscle that you want to stimulate. Focusing to execute the motion properly with that muscle and not thinking about work, or what you need to do after the workout. Use cues such as keeping the muscle tight both on the concentric and eccentric phase, pause and feel that muscle contracting (and “burning”).

Mindfulness with your eating habits. When applied to eating, this can mean the difference between one more failed diet and lasting weight loss. Mindfulness means paying attention; both to inner cues (thoughts, emotions and sensations) and to your environment. Watching tv or reading as you eat usually equals eating a lot more than your body needs. Taking the time to enjoy the texture, the smell, the colors and flavour of the food and ultimately using food as nourishment and fuel for the body and not as a comforter, as a problem solver/avoider, or as the main social event.

Mindfulness in life. Too often we run life on autopilot; missing the joys of a smile, the warm feeling of the sun on your skin, the sound of your kids playing outside. Success might include making more money, climbing up the corporate ladder, raising up great kids. But is it fulfilling enough when we get stuck in a routine and fail to take it all in? Pay attention while living your day-to-day activities. Take the time to stop and become aware of the present moment. Enjoy the little things in life.

Being mindful can take us a long way.