Mental Focus

Mental Focus

Quick Workout 5 - Balance and Proprioception

Autumn is the time to start thinking about and preparing for winter sports. Most winter activities like skiing, skate-skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing and the like, require good balancing skills. At the core of this type of athletic movement is kinesthetic awareness and proprioception. Proprioception is the neurological component to kinesthetic awareness.
The Quickie Workout - Proprioception and Balance - 10 minutes

How to Develop Mental Focus Control

Develop a "focus practice" to improve your performance on and off the trail.
My Story: Rabbit Trails
I first learned about the power of my thoughts while jogging on my favorite wooded trail in Mill Valley. One moment, I’d be moving along at a steady clip, running smoothly and getting the job done. Then, the next moment, I found myself moving at a snail’s pace, unsteady, head down and in deep thought. Sometimes my thoughts were about the past and some painful mishap. I’d find myself replaying the tape of this past event, as if I could somehow change the plot. Most often, though, the thoughts were about the future, and “what if” questions about things that will never happen. I call these fear-based, emotionally charged, anxiety producing thoughts “Rabbit Trails.” 

Single-Leg Dip

An excellent exercise for building proprioception and balance. It also does a great job at strengthening the ankle, knee, and hip joints.
Works: Hamstrings, Quadriceps, Glutes, Joint Stability, Proprioception, Balance
Props: Flat Ground

10 Point Checklist for Mental Fitness

Great athletes know that mental focus is as much a part of training and skill as physical prowess. Outdoor Fitness makes mental focus and acuity training a cornerstone of its program.

Meditation Can Make You Happier and Healthier

In a remarkable collaborative study between the Dali Lama and some of the country’s finest neuroscientists, researchers found that meditation and mindfulness training enhances the brain’s ability to eliminate distressing feelings in favor of optimistic, upbeat feelings and thoughts.  In their article in the peer-reviewed journal Psychosomatic Medicine, Drs. Davidson and Kabat-Zinn also reported that training in mindfulness meditation also supports and strengthens the immune system.

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