New Year’s Challenge: Tap Into the Mind-Body Connection

By the Editors of SilverSneakers |

Take a moment to check in with yourself. This body scan meditation only takes 4 minutes, and it will leave you feeling calmer and more present.

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You probably know by now that training isn’t just for your body — having a healthy brain requires some effort and practice, too. Your body and your brain work together to keep you healthy, and mindfulness practices are an essential part of that.

A study in the journal BMC Geriatrics found that a mindfulness practice can offer a range of benefits, from more self-acceptance to better familial and social relationships. Researchers noted that this simple habit offers the potential for major health advantages, but that it can be difficult to get started without some type of guidance.

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How to Use the 4-Minute Body Scan Meditation

For today’s activity, SilverSneakers LIVE trainer Shannon Thigpen guides you through one of her favorite mindfulness techniques, called the body scan. In just a few minutes, you’ll learn how to relax quickly and build more awareness in your body. That can help you stay present, not just during the video, but anytime you need a mental break.

Before you press play to follow along with Thigpen, keep these body scan tips in mind:

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  • Sit or lie down comfortably
  • Breathe slowly and deeply
  • Bring awareness to one body part at a time
  • Imagine sending your breath to that body part
  • Scan at your own pace
  • Practice daily

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