How to Reach Your Goals Through Mental and Emotional Fitness
Athletes know that mental focus is as much a part of training and skill as physical prowess. Working out in the outdoors requires concentration and adaptiveness, as you constantly adjust to new conditions and changing terrain. Outdoor Fitness makes mental focus and acuity training a cornerstone of its program. BodyMind, mindfulness, concentration and emotional power techniques are integrated with the physical elements of the workouts to create a true whole health and fitness program.
Just like our bodies get in a rut from inactivity or the same old gym routine, our minds also fall into unhealthful, limiting habits. We fall prey to the same emotional triggers, the same negative self-talk, the same distractions, day after day. Exercising outdoors gives you a chance to transform your emotional landscape, and literally re-wire your brain. Deepening mental focus brings with it tremendous freedom. The power of the mind is vast to shape our lives, to enhance our health and well being, as well as to create success and achievement. Developing your mental focus and emotional control will bring your workout and sport performance to new levels. It also has the power to transform your life beyond the trail.
Here’s a quick exercise that illustrates the power of this connection:
- Stand in an idle position, with your shoulders slouched and your eyes focused down toward the ground.
- Take a few shallow breaths. Notice how you feel.
- Now, stand in a position of strength and power - stand tall with you chest open.
- Lift your chin up. Turn your eyes toward the sky. Smile.
- Breathe deeply. How do you feel now?