Stretch for the line

Tak­ing time to prac­tise mind­ful­ness can boost your brain power and beat stress

Men's Fitness - - Contents -

Stretch­ing is good for your mind as well as your mus­cles, so try this new yoga cloth­ing range for size

Prac­tis­ing mind­ful­ness, a form of med­i­ta­tion, could of­fer a host of men­tal ben­e­fits such as im­proved mem­ory, ac­cel­er­ated learn­ing and re­duced stress, ac­cord­ing to re­search from Har­vard Med­i­cal School. Sci­en­tists com­pared brain scans of long-term med­i­ta­tors with those of a con­trol group and found that the for­mer “had more grey mat­ter in the frontal cor­tex, which is associated with work­ing mem­ory and ex­ec­u­tive de­ci­sion mak­ing”.

If you’re new to mind­ful­ness, it can be tricky to achieve the serene state that al­lows you to en­joy the full ef­fects. If that’s the case, you may want to take up yoga, which will de­liver the men­tal ben­e­fits while also giv­ing you a work­out that helps to strengthen your core and re­duce your risk of in­jury.

STRIKE A POSEI

You’ll find it dif­fi­cult to stay mind­ful if you’re try­ing to ex­tract your gym shorts from awk­ward places mid-pose. To fast-track your men­tal con­tent­ment, make sure you’re wear­ing the right gear. The new range from yoga spe­cial­ist Man­duka is kind both to the en­vi­ron­ment (it’s made us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of re­cy­cled polyester, plant-based ma­te­rial and or­ganic cot­ton) and to your body. The Min­i­mal­ist tank (pic­tured, £32) is made with a light­weight stretch mesh fab­ric to aid move­ment, while the At­man tights (pic­tured, £72) have con­toured flat-locked seams and an elas­tic waist­band to max­imise com­fort and per­for­mance. man­duka.com

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