5. Get sick less often
Here’s an unlikely benefit mindfulness meditation and moderate exercise share: protection against colds and flu, according to research published in the Annals of Family Medicine.
In the study, 149 men and women (average age: 59) were given training sessions for eight weeks or did nothing. Fifty-one were assigned to mindfulness meditation sessions, 47 were assigned to moderate exercise (like biking or running), and 51 served as the control group.