The Effects of a Brief Meditative Breathing Session on Recovery from Moderate Aerobic Exercise
Journal of Advanced Student Sciences (JASS)
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Meditative practices have been shown to have many beneficial effects such as performance boosts, relaxation, and reductions in anxiety. Studies among athletes have shown a correlation between enhanced physical ability and meditative practice. While previous studies have examined effects of long-term meditative improvements, we examined how a single meditative breathing session affected recovery rates. Our study investigated if a positive correlation exists between acute meditative breathing prior to exercise and recovery time. Our study examined three physiological variables: heart rate, respiratory rate, and grip strength. Heart rate and respiratory rate recovery were measured over time, while grip strength was compared to original baselines for a percent change for control and experimental groups. The effects of meditation on recovery time were not statistically significant and therefore did not support our hypothesis. A single acute meditative breathing session prior to exercise did not have any effect on recovery rate after exercise. Different modifications in future studies may show a significant difference between these variables and more fully explain the effects of mediation on aerobic recovery time.
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