You have a special power inside you, and every day there are forces hammering on that power. The special power is your cognitive-emotional state. The hammering happens because, well ... life.
It also happens because you train. Training is trauma. That's why it works. That's why we love it. By the same token, that's why mindful training matters so much.
This month's DeepFit Takeaways is focused on the why. Why mindful training? It just so happens that 3 great takes on this question came out within the last few weeks.
We'll add our own why to that chorus: Mindful training is the jet to your goals. You can keep training without mindfulness, you can stay focused exclusively on the "functional" aspects of the work ... and you'll probably reach your goals eventually. But you're riding a bus.
Add in the cognitive-emotional side and, week by week, you're moving faster. Before you know it, you're flying on the plane.
-Dan and Kirsten
Coach, a British magazine for the fitness industry, featured Chevy Rough in an interview last week. Rough's insights on why most of us get into training, and why those reasons can fail, are concise and powerful.
DeepFit takeaway: Ever see yourself getting into a status like the one pictured below? Even if you're not using the DeepFit daily check-in, you've certainly been aware of times when your stress emotions are running high and your energy is declining. Take a step back and make sure you're putting the right emotional fuel in your tank when this happens. Don't add stress on top of stress.
An important sports psychology study came out in April. The New York Times summarized it for us a few days ago, and that article is worth reading. Basically, we now have proof not only that mindfulness training helps elite-level performance, but also that it works better than simple relaxation training.
DeepFit takeaway: Got 12 minutes? How about 8? Whatever time you have today, spend some portion of it sitting and breathing (meditation) and another part of it writing down a few thoughts in a journal (mindfulness). If you're on DeepFit, your daily check-in substitutes for the writing component, but not the meditation.
New Yorkers are good at keeping it real. Well + Good put together a solid video earlier this month at New York meditation studio MNDFL. Founder Lodro Rinzler talked about the aim of their work (hint: not perfection), and Adreanna Limbach takes you through a beginner meditation practice. Pretty cool!
DeepFit takeaway: During training and competition, or just about any time of day, thoughts take the form of self-talk. A few of those 80,000 things we say to ourselves are bound to be self-critical. During the next few weeks, we challenge you to be just a little more mindful than you already are of the words going through your brain. Turn off the negatives (including the really subtle negatives) and turn on the positives. If that doesn't work, just turn off your brain and be as present as you can be!