Our bodies are capable of amazing things. Be it running a marathon or recovering from illness or injury.
The body, however, needs our mind in order to do what it does.
Once we decide to run a marathon for example we then need our mind to listen to our body and vice versa.
We may struggle to motivate ourselves to get out running five times a week. Here we need our mind to think clearly. We know we will feel good once we have done our miles for the day, we know we need to prepare for the big day to avoid disaster. If we keep these thoughts present we will be out the door and taking strides to success.
At other times we really need our mind to listen to our body. We have a hint of injury. Our minds can become amazingly focused on such a sensation and then we need to wait until we have recovered before we push our body again. Ignore what your body is telling you at your peril. Do this and you may find yourself a spectator rather than a participator on the big day.
Throughout all of the trials and tribulations on the way to the race you will experience moments of doubt. Should I? Shouldn’t i? Will I be ok? Will I get the time I want?
The trick is not to get bogged down by doubt. Remember doubts are just another form of thoughts. They come and they go and if we can recognise this then we can still make good choices that will lead to success.
In those moments of doubt take a few deep breaths. Close you eyes. Visualise yourself running, feeling strong, loving the moment. The feel good sensation that you create in this visualisation will get you back on track.
A clear head whilst exercising brings the most amazing sense of freedom and allows us to enjoy the experience to the full. Be it beautiful countryside or the sights of London, it is such a shame to let it pass in a blur of preoccupation and worry.
Getting into meditation whilst also preparing physically can make all the difference to our experience of exercise.
Sitting to meditate each day gives our bodies a well needed rest. The success of Kenyan running teams is often thought to be routed in their ability to relax completely when they are not training their bodies physically.
In addition, the ability to focus the mind can help no end whilst actually out there running. It can control our speed, get us through tough points, tell us that we can do it and best of all tell us that our doubt is just another thought!
So come on a revitalise day to get your body and mind on track and ready for your next challenge!