Mindfulness Skills Training for Endurance Athletes
Book Three in the series “Kaizen-durance, Your Aerobic Path to Mastery” explores the mind element of “mind IN matter”. Conventional endurance training targets the metabolic energy systems of the body. Conventional sports psychology focuses on training mental preparation and coping skills. However, there is a disconnect between these two. Our “K I Hack” requires a continuous and seamless fusion of body and mind for kinetic intelligence.
Neural fitness creates a strong body-mind fusion. After all, our neural network wires together brain and body. It connects thought and intent, with action and balance. If our minds are distracted and our awareness is vague, our balance is off and our actions are disabled. To hack our performance potential, we must target neural fitness as we train aerobic fitness.
Neural fitness requires more than a strong and durable body; it requires a highly functional mind. We must train mindful endurance with the same rigor and precision that we train physical endurance. We can train these two simultaneously, with no additional time or equipment required. Expanding our performance scope to include mindfulness skills training does not compromise physical endurance training. It enhances it.
In this book, Eversfield introduces the Nine Attitudes of Mindfulness, identified by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Honoring Kabat-Zinn’s wisdom, Zenman presents each of them in way that is clear, relevant and trainable for the endurance athlete.
With over four decades of deep T’ai Chi practice every day, he has extensive experience with the essence of each of the nine Attitudes as it relates to precise movement, athletic performance and – more importantly – as it relates to overall health and well-being. In this book, he provides guidance and insight on how to train each of these Attitudes through the practice of mindful movement during every endurance training session.
Every moment of our lives – every relationship, every challenge and task – offers us an opportunity to train and master these nine skills. In this book you will discover how to recognize and embrace these opportunities moment-to-moment in your daily life outside of your endurance training. Beyond aerobic fitness, you will discover that you are successfully training life fitness.
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