Nike teams up with Headspace app to offer runners the chance to meditate as they run

For many runners, the act of going for a run helps them unwind. For others, a long run is the perfect excuse to focus on a long mental to-do list. In an attempt to introduce runners to the power of mindfulness, Nike have partnered with meditation app, Headspace.

The benefits of meditation have been widely reported. Not only can meditation help reduce stress, but recent studies have found practising mindfulness significantly improves brain function and energy levels. That said, for many of us, finding the time or learning how to meditate can be tricky. 

Nike’s solution to this modern-day problem? Combine both, allowing runners to use meditation whilst running.

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The latest addition to the Nike Run Club app sees three audio guided runs, designed by Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe. A former Buddhist monk, Puddicome will guide you through some mind-clearing meditation as you clock up the miles. There’s a 33-minute speed workout, a 50-minute long run and a 32-minute recovery run to choose from, all introducing you to the theme of ‘running with headspace’.

Puddicome said of the partnership: “Mindfulness is the ultimate tool for any athlete at any level. Easy to learn and simple to apply, it can help strengthen motivation, increase focus, improve resilience, enhance form, optimise recovery and perhaps most important of all, get us out of our head and into the body for an enjoyable and fulfilling training session.”

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Chris Bennet, Global Head Coach of Nike Running said: “By the end of each of these runs, the hope is the athlete has learned a little more about themselves as a runner.” According to Bennet and Puddicome, practising mindfulness on each run keeps your mind on your body and how it is moving, enhancing performance.

There’s also a number of mindfulness sessions on the Nike Training Club app for those who prefer to run un-plugged, or with their favourite podcast. These gym-inspired sessions will help you use mindfulness to stay focused during your cross-training.