Why Mindfulness is an Essential Part of Your Wellness and Fitness: Part 1 

Why in the world would a mindfulness practice help you lose those pesky ten pounds, gain confidence in your relationships and your career, and help you feel better about yourself? Read on and learn why it is not only my corporate clients’ top choice for workshops I teach (Click here to book a Corporate Wellness workshop), it is also a vital component of my concierge wellness program and can be the difference between women who make progress and C-R-U-S-H it and those who do not.



So really, what is mindfulness?



Being mindful is to be fully aware of the present moment, capturing the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings of a moment in time. Being mindful is being what I call, “full screen mode.”

It is being “fully present” and in a moment-to-moment state of awareness, even when your emotions get the best of you.

It means you are taking in the “here and now” and being focused on what you’re thinking, feeling, and noticing about yourself, others, and your surroundings, and not about the past or the future.

Literally mindfulness is defined as “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.



Importantly, though, mindfulness means noticing things without judging your experience. Now, we all know that is tough.

When I meet with my corporate wellness and concierge clients, they learn that a robust mindfulness practice leads to the ultimate wellness.

“Mindfulness is the ability to know what’s happening in your head at any given moment without getting carried away by it.” — Dan Harris, 10% Happier

Do you allow your emotions to get the “best of you?” Do you get “swept up in the highs and lows?” Would you want to stay calm and “at ease” instead of allowing your emotions take over? Do you perhaps over-identify with an emotion like “busyness” or “overwhelm?”

Does a person (i.e. your boss), a voice (i.e. your mother), a place (i.e. your office), a circumstance (i.e. driving to your kids to school) lead you to a certain emotion?

Did you know that emotions can be a habit?

Ha, and did you know happiness is a “skill” that can be sharpened?

Developing a mindfulness practice can help you be mindful in all of these and so many more circumstances. It helps you realize you are in charge and not the emotion you’ve likely become accustomed to feeling.



If the answer is no, consider that this could be one of the things holding you back from achieving the health and wellness you’ve always strived for. Take a moment to reflect on whether or not you are being mindful in your daily life. Now that you know what mindfulness is, stay tuned for part two where we will dive deeper into what mindfulness is not.

If you’re interested in my concierge program and how you can develop your own mindfulness practice, click here for a free 30-minute consult. If you’d like to book a Mindfulness Corporate Wellness workshop for your staff, click here.


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Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home after a successful career in policy and public affairs communications. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 2,000 clients, 30 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now, more-than-ever, passionate about helping women view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty and heart pumping workouts to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep, and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down,” a healthy mix of strength and metabolic (cardio) work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength in mind and body. She believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and that change, or improvement, is within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help women learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness, listening to success stories, and bragging about her twin 13-year-old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

Schedule your free 30 minute consult here!


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215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314




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