Why HiMIND headsets?
Updated: Jan 12, 2020
HiMind stands for High-Intensity Mindfulness. Traditional mindfulness practices are usually practiced in a relaxing, calm environment. A student finds a comfortable seated or lying position and begins to bring their attention to their breath or their body. Over time they are able to cultivate an awareness of both their inner and outer worlds free of judgments and expectations. This is called “state mindfulness.” The “state” of mindfulness was created by a specific practice (meditation). The other category of mindfulness is “trait mindfulness.” This is the baseline level of mindfulness that you maintain throughout the various activities of your day, like interacting with a friend, or performing a task at work. The more we practice state mindfulness the higher our level of trait mindfulness becomes.
High-Intensity mindfulness takes the practice to a new level. Instead of sitting or lying quietly for meditation we practice being mindful during a more intense activity like yoga or a HIIT class. This type of mindfulness practice is more challenging because there is more stimulation by the senses to distract the mind from the present moment. However, learning to be mindful in intense activities can exponentially improve our “trait” mindfulness level.
To help achieve a more mindful state during high intensity we use HiMIND headsets. The brain works by billions of neurons that communicate with each other through electronic waves within it. As neurons fire, they can be affected by the external environment around them.
Research shows that environmental noise—background music, city sounds, people’s conversations—leads to a decrease in performance for most people. But the good news is that reducing this noise is likely to improve performance. HiMIND headsets block out environmental noise to keep us focused on the task at hand whether it be a TRX push-up or Warrior II. But that’s not all.
According to Dr. Jeffery Thompson, sound waves can affect the brain’s waves either positively or negatively. From studies that have been done, if you have music on while you exercise, your body and mind will be prone to working out harder.
One meta-analysis looked at the effects of listening to background music on performance. Results varied depending on the task at hand, but music tended to improve positive emotions, increase performance in sports, and make people complete tasks a little faster. Sounds perfect for exercise!
HiMIND headsets, block out external noise. The only thing you hear is motivational music and the instructors’ voice. This helps to drop into a more mindful state during higher intensity activities and remain there for longer periods of time. This is a concept that many athletes call “the zone.”
If you’re interested in improving your trait mindfulness levels and improving your performance in physically demanding activities it’s worth a try.
Dalton, Brian H & Behm, David G.. Effects of noise and music on human and task performance: a systematic review. Occupational Ergonomics 7. 2007. Pgs 143-152