Mindfulness is about awakening your senses to what’s happening here and now and being able to reach your potential. It is a mental health and well-being exercise that you can practice anywhere and anytime, however old you are, and the benefits of mindfulness on performance are particularly great.
Here’s a technique called Focus10, which can be adapted to suit your individual needs!
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What Is Mindfulness?
I see lots of people when they are working out listening to upbeat music through their earphones. The benefit of this is? Some people say that Listening to music while exercising doesn’t just relieve boredom — it can help improve the quality of your workout by increasing your stamina and putting you in a better mood. Listing to mindfulness audio may give an even better outcome! Try mindfulness audio during your next workout at the gym or your next walk, run or swim; listen to a mindfulness exercise and see if your performance improves – bet it does.
Why Bother with Mindfulness?
Being mindful during exercise can relieve stress, make you feel good and even make your workouts better. This is because mindfulness;
- Helps you enjoy life more and helps you to understand yourself better.
- It gives you time to focus.
- Allows you to maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts.
- Gives you time to be continuously present with the experience.
Sportspeople & Mindfulness
Meditating their way to medals! Did mindfulness help Team GB win their most successful haul ever? (2016)
- Team GB athletes used mindfulness to enhance their training
- Tom Daley spoke out about using mindfulness ahead of the Rio games
- Athletes looking for marginal gains say being mindful helped them focus
- Laura Trott, Britain’s most decorated female athlete, said being mindful helped focus her thoughts on the track during the Olympics
Mindfulness has been scientifically proven numerous times to alter brain chemistry in those who practice regularly!
Within mindfulness, the method of picturing things in your mind is sometimes used (imagery). This mustn’t put you off, but if you find it hard to imagine imagery because there is too much confusion going on in your mind – don’t worry. The most important aspect of mindfulness is breathing correctly (yes, there is even a wrong way to breathe!)
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See what it can do for you!
Before beginning any exercise or nutrition program, consult your physician, doctor or other professional. This is especially important for individuals over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health problems. Exercise.co.uk assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained using our advice.
If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.