Jackie Wright: Mind and body inextricably linked
Grand Lake, CO Colorado
Not a day goes by that the phrase, “the mind and body are inextricably linked,” is not conveyed to exercise clientele. Regardless of what the class format may be, the skill level of the client, the goals of the client or the type of personal training program, there is always concentration on connecting the mind and body.
Just observing the Olympic trials should provide you with an excellent example of how the mind and body work together. How many times have you heard those who have crossed the finish line first say they purged all other thoughts out of their minds except for the finish line and what was necessary to cross it first? Not just during that event, but every time they trained that image of crossing the finish line, breaking the yellow tape, was indelibly etched into their brain.
This ability to concentrate, to put blinders on like a race horse, may be applied at every level of performance, from elite athletes to the novice. Where your mind goes, the body follows. Consequently, being and remaining in the moment when you are training, keeping the end game in the forefront of your mind, is more likely to yield the results you seek. Follow these tips on keeping your “head in the game” when you train and begin to experience a total mind and body transformation.
As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
• It seems challenging to step onto the treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical and not have a television, magazine, cell phone or book to help you pass the time, but there is sound evidence that concentrating on your walk, run, or cycling, setting your goals for that specific session and avoiding the external stimulation by visualizing yourself performing, may significantly improve your performance. Why not focus and make it worth your time.
• If you find it is too challenging to give up all distractions, then rather than training on stationary equipment, get outside for your walk/run/cycle and let the great outdoors stimulate your mind and body connection – and let your cell take a message.
• Or, participate in coached classes such as group indoor cycling, kickboxing, or functional strength. You will not have any time for distractions as you must be fully engaged to be a part of these class environments.
This is “you” time
• Remember, this is your time. Give yourself a break from the external forces in the world and travel inward, feel the rhythm of your breathing, heartbeat, pacing your effort and immersing yourself in the activity you are performing.
Submerge yourself into the skills and drills
• Feel every movement by focusing upon your biomechanics. Notice your technique, your form and strive for meticulous posture and performance. Every aspect of your body movement matters. Every moment, every repetition, every mile and every breath you take, moves you closer to success.
• Music is a great motivator if you are using it to motivate you and not just help you pass the time. Choose songs that drive you uphill, pick up your pace on the flat and perform those high intensity intervals that send you breathless.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She may be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email address at NSFGL@comcast.net, her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com and her Facebook page at Never Summer Fitness.
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