We are hearing more about being “mindful” in sports and as it is starting to become more mainstream, what does it truly mean and how can it be beneficial on the diamond, gridiron or off the tee. Mindfulness is engaging with the present moment and discovering how we feel, in that particular moment, both in mind and body. What are the sensations moving throughout the core and extending to the fingers and toes? How are we visualizing our next move? How is our opponent visualizing their next move, and can we be two steps ahead of them? How does opening and expanding the body prevent injury and increase power in your game? What does setting an intention for what you want to accomplish look like in your training program?
Mental flexibility correlates to physical stability, essentially becoming more dynamic and efficient in your game. The body is resilient and can perform at a high level, yet it requires rest and recovery in order to rebuild the muscles and mental stamina after a workout. Incorporating mindful practices that encourage the awareness of the mind/body connection can yield higher performance and better recovery times.
Another aspect of the mind/body connection is the way we speak to ourselves, before, during and after training sessions. When we become conscious of our emotions, we are more likely to manage and overcome our fears and adversity by ultimately setting the goals needed to reach the high performance standard for which we are striving. We are also better equipped to invest the time and energy needed to maintain a caliber of mental aptitude that the physical dimension will follow.
Break the mold of traditional training practices and get ready to take your mind to a whole new level. Increase confidence and promote a more positive attitude towards competition by becoming better at interpreting the communication between the mind and body. Lower stress and anxiety associated with playing while releasing feelings of tension, spending more time winning the game.