What is mindfulness meditation?
Introduction to Mindfulness
- LeBron James (Basketball)
- Novak Djokovic (Tennis)
- Kobe Bryant (Basketball)
- Derek Jeter (Baseball)
- Misty May-Trainor and Kerri Walsh (Beach Volley)
- Ricky Williams (American Football)
- Jonny Wilkinson (Rugby)
It is also important to note how heterogeneous the disciplines are, demonstrating the effectiveness of meditation and the importance of being concentrated, regardless of the discipline to be supported.
7 benefits of mindfulness meditation
A study published in the Journal of Health Psychology shows that in athletes who practice meditation there is a decrease in cortisol, the stress hormone. Practicing mindfulness constantly allows the body to learn to relax and manage stressful moments in a healthier way. In addition, it helps to create a more positive and proactive mental approach to difficulties and problems, which is also useful for improving sports performance.
They were divided into two groups, both following the normal path of physiotherapy, and one of these held sessions of one and a half hours a week (for a total of 2 months), practicing mindfulness.
Various tools were used:
- Cold Pressor Test
- Visual Analogue Scale
- Mindful Attention Awareness Scale
- Depression Anxiety Stress Scale
- Profile of Mood States
These measuring instruments showed that pain tolerance was increased in subjects who were part of the group practicing mindfulness meditation.
Many studies have shown that meditation, in addition to reducing stress, also leads to an improvement of the immune system.
In particular, research published in the scientific journal Perspectives on Psychological Science indicates that mindfulness meditation:
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Reduces blood pressure.
- Improves cognitive function.
Even though we are only at the beginning of a broader path of mindfulness research and investigation, it is clear that meditation offers undeniable advantages, which can be achieved even with a limited amount of practice per day.
Inability to concentrate.
Reduced motor control.
On the contrary, it has been seen that athletes who practice meditation with constancy, have a higher quality of sleep and find it easier to fall asleep. There was also a decrease in recovery times, a strengthening of the immune system.
And training means trying and failing, repeatedly, and often to make things worse are the negative thoughts that break down the morale and introduce a pattern of negativity in the athlete’s mind.
Mindfulness meditation helps to break away from destructive and unhealthy thoughts that do not allow the athlete to achieve the goals set.
I HAVE FAILED OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN MY LIFE. AND THAT'S WHY I'M SUCCEED. MICHAEL JORDAN
Thanks to mindfulness meditation you have a greater awareness of yourself, with limits, strengths, fears and qualities that are the basis for building a 'healthy identity”: a good self-esteem starts from these elements. In addition, meditation increases the awareness of each muscle and muscle fibre allowing you to understand your body, thus avoiding unnecessary injury but also helping to train within the right limits.