What is more important for sports: a mind or a body

What is more important for sports a mind or a body
What is more important for sports a mind or a body

The question is, which is more important: the body or the mind?

What is more important for sports: a mind or a body having said that, I will be the first to say that I am not a professional sports psychologist. While at university, it was a subject that piqued my curiosity, but the lectures were so dry and unpractical that I rapidly lost interest in it. Following a seven-year hiatus and all of the time I have spent working with athletes ranging from beginners to elites, the psychological side of performance is the one thing that I keep going back to and the one that continues to fascinate me.

It makes no difference how physically fit an athlete is. While they may have clocked thousands of kilometers, completed hundreds of threshold sessions, and refined their diet, if their mental state is not in the proper frame of mind, none of their hard work will be able to show through. When athletes are asked what proportion of their performance is attributed to physical and psychological factors, they provide a wide range of responses. Some believe the ratio is 50:50, while others believe it is 90:10. It seems that the higher the athlete’s level, the greater the athlete’s perception of the psychological component of their performance is. In reality, to be at the top of your game (regardless of your skill level), you must be 100 percent prepared both physically and mentally prior to competing. If you do anything less, you will not be maximizing your maximum potential.

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They are generally discussed individually for the sake of clarity in study or explanation, yet they are inextricably linked and cannot actually exist apart from one another. Slowing your physical breathing may help you psychologically calm down and gain clarity in a spinning mind, much as panic attacks are mental ideas about a circumstance that causes a bodily reaction (racing heart rate, fast breathing) without exerting any physical effort.

In this essay, I’d want to share with you two practical approaches that I’ve found to be beneficial to the vast majority of athletes I’ve encountered. You will be able to begin to bring your mental performance up to the same level as your physical performance as a result of this.

Creating a compelling WHY

It is vital for success to have a well-stated objective. You have no doubt read a slew of articles on the importance of setting SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Adjustable, Realistic, and Time-bound). While objectives are important, they are useless unless they are tied to a clear WHY and accompanied by a plan of action. There are some individuals I know who have piles of “self-help” books that address topics such as goal planning and how to attain personal achievement. These folks will not improve no matter how many times they read these or gaze at the stack of books because they will not take action until they have a compelling WHY for doing so.