We got Coach Davo to do a blog post for our most recent newsletter this week! Here is the full article!
Anyone wanting to improve their fitness, health, and life in general, need to be aware of how much your mind and internal ‘talk’ play a really big role. This is something I didn’t realise until maybe like… 5 or 6 years into my competitive athletics career, and then even when I knew about it, I wasn’t really training my ‘internal’ body (aka mind), as much as my external body.
It has only really been in the last 2 years that I have tried to concentrate on mindfulness in everyday life and when I train. What I mean by mindfulness: non-judgmental present-moment awareness, using breathing and meditation techniques to help achieve this. How can it help? Improves focus and helps you enjoy your workout (see headspace 4 reasons below too).
There is so much information and research that supports the benefits of meditation and mindfulness for everyday life and for athletic performance (I have listed a few other articles if you’re interested, below), but for me, keeping it really simple and quick is always the best. You don’t need to sit for 20mins meditating daily, if you do, then that’s awesome! But some people find that overwhelming. You can even mediate while surfing or running. It’s about taking that time out to be quiet and let thoughts come and go without judgement.
Coach Davo’s personal tips:
- Focus on a background noise – eyes can be open – do it 2 mins to start with, then increase to 5 if you can– do this in the morning and for added benefit, write or think 3 things you are grateful for (can literally just be – I’m grateful my bed is soooo comfy)
- When training, I always try to breathe in a rhythm depending on what exercise I’m doing and focus on my breath, especially before I start my reps, it also helps me to think about the muscle/s I’m about to use. Slowing down breathing when stretching (4-6 secs in and out) is great to finish off your session.
- Self-talk - MAKE IT POSITIVE, but even if negative thoughts come into your head like ‘I can’t do that weight or that run, just notice them and be like ‘that’s just a thought I’m having’. This is me in my head when I’m working out ‘girl you got this, F#@* yeah smashed that one Davo, awesome you can do this, you’ve done it before….. hahahaha etc etc…. and when I’m sprinting – I always either count, 1,2,1,2,1,2 or if going a bit of a slower pace, 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4 etc, I also swap between counting and ‘glutes, arms, glutes, arms’ as those are the two things I know I need to focus on when sprinting for my technique and to be efficient.
- Other ways to meditate/be present – running, surfing, yoga (use youtube for yoga),
- guided meditations and positive affirmations (on youtube or audio books) are my go to Every. Single. Day. I usually listen to positive affirmations as I fall asleep (that’s why I think I’m so awesome in the mornings.. hahaha well that, and coffee = hyper davo)
- I have learned all that I have through so so so so many people/information/podcasts etc on the net. And people I have come across in daily life who have given me tips.
2 of many of my podcast favs:
- The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson – all about health, fitness, nutrition and mindset.
- Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations - ‘You get burpees! You get burpees! You get burpees!’…………………………. (kidding she never talks about burpees, but after I listen I might just need to yell this at my classes just cos’) Oprah interviews thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts.
Headspace’s 4 reasons every athlete should meditate (PS – YOU ARE ALL ATHLETES)
1. Stress Reduction 2. Improved Sleep Patterns and Speeding Recovery Time 3. Enhanced Endurance 4. Improved Sense of Identity, Self, and the Body
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Thanks to the Sunshine Coast Daily for featuring our gym!
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