Just eight percent of US adults meditate, according to a 2012 National Health Interview Survey, even though the beneficial effects of meditation have long been proven by research. Maybe it’s a problem of perception. Even today, many people associate meditation with New Age spirituality and alternative therapies. But meditation's not just for hippies. The practice has benefits for serious athletes, too. In fact, research shows that meditation reduces stress, induces relaxation and boosts the cardiovascular system — making it especially beneficial just before a triathlon.
AUTHOR BIO:Freelance writer Caylin White meditates often. She writes regularly for StockHax, an investment blog full of trading strategies, tips and news.