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Does meditating burn calories?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

For those of us with chronic pain conditions looking for gentle ways to get our inner furnaces stoked meditating might be for those "ouchie" days. I posed the question to google and was amazed at the response I got. I would have thought 'no, how can it when all your doing is sitting'? But I'd have thought wrong. Apparently if you're doing it correctly you will burn calories. Not as many as walking, running, jogging or other high energy activities but you will burn some. How can this be you ask?
The mind is a powerful tool in weight loss as we all know. We must change how we think about food, health, exercise. Meditation can help with all of that. When you meditate you train your brain to focus in the inner aspect of yourself. You must maintain a healthy steady pose for a period of time, let's say 30 minutes. During that 30 minute session your brain will ask your muscles to stay perfectly still in a controlled pose while it turns your thoughts inward to focus on what it is you've chosen to meditate on. The brain is an electrical engine. It uses energy to function. Using your brain to control your breathing, pulse, thoughts and muscles takes energy. Hence, you burn calories during this process. As I said before it won't feel like you ran a marathon but you will burn between 50 to 100 calories depending on your weight according to some articles I read. So for those of us with chronic pain perhaps meditation can help us continue with a positive mindset while helping us burn a few on those days we just can't move without wanting to cry. Maybe we can also use it to lessen our pain. Sounds like a win-win situation to me. Have a wonderful day!
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