If you still think meditation is something woo-woo and out there, you’re seriously missing out. On top of relieving stress, the practice can actually help ward off disease and even boost your performance in the gym! (Check out these 10 fitness and health benefits of meditation.) Any meditation is good meditation—whether you use an app (check out these three), sit quietly and focus on your breathing, or something else. But, there’s one particular type of mediation with a ton of science backing it that’s seriously popular among some of our former (and our current) Men’s Fitness cover guys. Transcendental Meditation (often simply called "TM") involves getting trained by a teacher, but it's painless, we promise. Then, you do the mantra-based meditation for 20-minutes twice a day. All you have to do is sit with your eyes closed and repeat the mantra (it's a "meaningless" word given to you when you're trained) in your head. Learn more about it here. And check out what Matt Bomer, Norman Reedus, Hugh Jackman, and Joe Manganiello have to say about it on the following slides.
An Athlete's Guide to Mindful Meditation >>>