WARMING UP – ATHLETES! DON’T JUST WARM UP THE BODY

6 Feb

We all know that you’re supposed to warm up your body to prepare for the intensity of training. It’s important to get the blood flowing and the muscles warmed and stretched. This physical warm-up is done at a specific time and with specific predetermined moves.

But, there’s another kind of warming up that can make a difference too!

EMOTIONAL WARM-UP

What? Yes, this refers to your thinking and your feelings about your workout plans for the day. Are your goals realistic? How is your attitude? Can you leave your thoughts and worries of the day outside the gym? Can you focus?

Consider creating an emotional warm-up routine that you do every time you work out.

Here are some suggestions for your emotional warm-up routine.

Sometimes the best way to focus our emotions is through breath awareness. Take three to five deep breaths. While breathing, consciously remember your intention. Recall what you love about being fit or accomplishing your fitness goals. Reclaim the feelings associated with that intention and those fitness goals. Allow the positive mental images that reflect your fitness goals to surface. Imagine yourself being successful in your goals because of the great workout today. Acknowledge the positive emotional state brought by this focus. Bring gratitude to the surface. All this only needs to take the same amount of time that those breaths took.  These are just thoughts backed by feelings that you chose to embrace. That’s it! That’s your emotional warm-up.

Now you’re ready for a GREAT workout!

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