Most of us know the benefits of increased physical activity, including maintaining a healthy weight and being mentally more alert. Yet growing waistlines suggest we haven't really signed up to the idea. Successive programmes of investment in sport to encourage increased participation have failed to make an impact. Why could this be?
The added benefit of a quick mindful moment is that you put yourself in a frame of mind where you're open to and curious about the present moment. When you do that right before you go and do something you've never done before, you're much more likely to actually enjoy whatever it is you're about to do next. Imagine living a life where you could pretty much always enjoy new experiences!
This fairly harmless impulse to look good has been leapt upon by diet companies and magazines as some annual ritual, as if getting in shape or being healthy the rest of the year matters not. My key gripe, is that it sums up the biggest problem with exercise and diet: that it is primarily to lose weight.