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Finding 'Flow' whilst both training and competing is one of the biggest and most important challenges an athlete can face. Whether you’re an Olympian or training towards your first 5km, it’s important to introduce it to your practice.
So, what is Flow? Flow is a state where you’re so engrossed in the activity that you completely lose yourself, any sense of time or urgency and anything that holds you back. It helps you manage your fears and anxieties around competing and perform to your top potential.
Practicing flow helps you get rid of any nerves and doubts before you’ve started competing, you bring all the enjoyment you feel whilst training into the ‘arena’. Just like you practice all the skill and strength required to compete, training your muscles so that they memorise the movements and you move almost automatically, you must practice and train your brain to automatically go into flow state. The mind, not the muscle is the most important athletic asset.
Lapse in concentration at a key moment often leads to lost time. Practice being in the moment and completely present in your training and competitions. Enjoying it, breathing through the pain, and feeling the rush. Focus on the process.
Some tips for Finding Flow are:
Loving what you do: If you don’t enjoy the activity you’re training for, you will never achieve flow. You’ll just be going through the motions until you’re done. Choosing a sport/exercise that you genuinely enjoy and are good at will make massive strides towards achieving flow state.
Push yourself: Put yourself out of your comfort zone. Aiming for achievable yet ambitious goals will put you in a great mindset to go beyond what you’re used to. You can say ‘I can do this. I know I can do this.’ A massive part of success in sport is knowing your limit and pushing yourself just beyond that mark. Therefore asensei is a great training tool, it knows your capabilities so you can focus on improving.
Stress Management: When you have other external issues, stresses, and anxieties – it can have a negative impact on your performance and mindset. Making sure you keep a balance of training/rest and allow yourself ample time to recover and feel good about yourself will translate into your performance.
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