How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Exercise Performance
Whatever your favourite sport or wellness pursuit, you will benefit from being mindful of the messages your body sends you. When we truly listen to our bodies and choose to pay attention, we learn to trust. Paying attention to tightness, showing your body respect, prevents injury and offers a healing kindness to yourself. I work with many elite athletes whose performance is hugely attuned to their mindful attention of their condition. Every day they run a mindfulness technique, the body scan, which is useful for us all and so easy to do. I know from research that over 8 weeks, a more mindful movement can improve exercise recovery, efficiency, prevent injury and boost the perceived performance and wellbeing benefits. Becoming naturally more aware of temperature, heart rate and breath prompts neurological changes and improves focus – which is a mindful practice in itself. When preparing for your chosen sport or fitness challenge, a daily ‘practice' of mindfulness and focus is just as important as working on the technical movement. Combine working your mindset in harmony with your workout, and take the chance to train your senses as well as your body:
What You'll Need
- Becoming more mindful of your exercise or training can help you to improve all kinds of aspects in your life such as performance, focus and mental wellbeing.
What You'll Do
- Check in with your emotions and body signals before you start.
- Ask yourself what your core value is for working out – why are you choosing to move?
- Pay attention to your breath and posture.
- Ask yourself how you can improve your flow, stride or rhythm?
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