I have been a member of Headspace for years – being in Silicon Valley, where stress is a second nature, Meditation became a supremely useful tool to help me unwind and relax … during long commute and to cope with crazy Bay Area passive-aggressive drivers. But then Headspace introduced meditation for sports and I really got super hooked. This year has been tough mentally and physically because of isolation, remote work and lockdowns and for me, realizing almost too late that I needed to be even more stringent on proper nutrition, balance and exercise that I usually am.
4 reasons every athlete should meditate (adapted from here)
A mind that is not under control is a mind that makes mistakes—mistakes that could prevent you from winning. High levels of stress decrease your ability to maintain focus and concentration. Of course, stress can be a helpful tool when used correctly; but when it’s not, it can not only impact your performance, but your life.
Elite, professional, and amateur athletes, despite their differences in level and/or sport, they all face similar challenges: anxiety, depression, stress, inability to maintain focus, sleep difficulties, life balance, confidence, the list goes on.
Why should you consider practicing meditation for athletic performance?
Meditation Apps (I use Headspace)
Comparing two popular meditation apps, Headspace and Calm, to see how they stack up.
How much do they cost?
Both apps are free to download, with free trials and limited free features. If you want to upgrade to get full access, you’ll have to pay an annual or monthly fee.
How do they work?
Both Calm and Headspace can be customized, and optional push notifications offer gentle reminders to stay on track with your daily practice. You’ll also find meditation practices tailored just for kids in both apps.
Calm makes it easy to create a daily practice and make it relevant to what you need on a given day. As you launch the app, you can choose from a few different options.
With its fun, cheerful animations, Headspace has a completely different aesthetic from Calm. If you’re new to meditation, the 10-day Basics course is a great starting place. It’s designed to teach the essentials of meditation in just minutes a day.
As you build your practice, the Everyday Headspace meditation — a short, guided, daily meditation — is front and center on the home screen.
Here’s what else you’ll find:
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I come from the future. I work and I workout. Always be kind and passionate.