With the demands of our always-on culture, it’s hardly surprising that people are increasingly turning to meditation and mindfulness. And one group taking to the practice like ducks to water are our athletes.
Meditation is now being lauded as a key tool in the training regime of many of the world’s top athletes. According to the mobile meditating app Headspace, meditation has been proven to reduce stress, improve sleep patterns, increase recovery time, enhance endurance and give an improved sense of identity and connection with the body.
Concentrating solely on one’s breath, meditators focus on the present to feel more in the moment – crucial for pulling out epic performances when it counts most. It certainly seemed to help the performance of one young British diver, who meditates daily and powered through to a spot on the podium on Day 3.