Most of us are now well aware of the positive effects of meditation – from increased focus and concentration to banishing anxiety, stress and insomnia. But theory is one thing, and incorporating meditation into your routine is easier said than done. Step forward Equinox's Headstrong podcasts, a curated edit of simple meditation sessions to help you find your inner peace in just five minutes, whatever the time of day.
The premise... Equinox – the state-of-the-art American gym chain (its world-class trainers are some of the best in the business) with an outpost on High Street Kensington – has launched a collection of meditation podcasts. Each session is aimed at a different time of the day (morning, afternoon, evening and pre-slumber), making resetting your body and mind simple whenever you have a moment to spare.
The sessions... Are short (around five minutes each) yet surprisingly restorative. Narrated by Equinox instructor Amber Voiles, each podcast guides you through essential breath work to sharpen your focus, lower your heart rate and promote a higher awareness to maximise your performance during the day or promote more restful sleep at night. Available to download at Equinox.com (members can also access the podcasts via the Equinox app), simply press play for an instant hit of mindfulness.
Who’s it for? If you find yourself constantly running on autopilot, rushing through daily activities, overthinking and often feeling exhausted, you could benefit from incorporating meditation into your day. And according to Equinox, fitness enthusiasts should embrace regular meditation as part of an active recovery programme, akin to a yoga class.
Why we rate it... Despite an overwhelming amount of evidence in favour of meditating, it can be tricky to find the time and force yourself to sit still. Fortunately, Equinox’s podcasts make this easy work, enabling you to be more mindful throughout the day. Ideal for those looking to relax and restore through meditation but are unsure where to start, these podcasts are unpretentious, easy to follow and practical. In short? This is mindfulness for everyone.
Equinox’s Headstrong Meditation Podcasts are available to download for free from Equinox.com