As many of you know from experiencing TIGNUM, getting some daily movement in the morning delivers some huge benefits. We use our Daily Prep movements, which incorporate breathing and full body movements, to efficiently build Mobility, Stability, and Balance. But there is another side to movement which many clients experience that we don't always talk about (partially because all clients aren't ready for this in the beginning). That is mindfulness. When you add mindfulness, it takes movement to a whole new level. I would like to quickly share three short stories of actual clients and how they infused mindfulness into their Daily Prep.
Mary (not her name) was overwhelmed with a combination of work demands, a sick spouse, and caring for her young children and aging parents. She felt that she had no time to do any movement. From the second she awoke in the morning until she went to sleep at night, she felt overwhelmed. As I coached Mary, an important “aha” moment for her was the realization that she needed to do something for herself every morning or else she would be consumed. What worked perfectly for her was to add a thought to each movement. As she did her 90/90 Good Mornings, she imagined opening herself up to her day and all the opportunities it may offer. When she did her hip rockers, she envisioned her rigid base becoming less rigid and more flexible so she could think of new solutions throughout the day. When she did her inverted T's, she pictured a fluid balance throughout her day that was rooted in what was most important. The key thing for you personally is that you can add whatever guiding thoughts will work best for you.
Tim (not his name) struggled originally with some of the movements because as he had aged he had lost a lot of his balance. This led to a feeling of frustration which even took a toll on his motivation. When he became more mindful, he realized that his struggle was actually his thoughts about his frustration and not the act of balancing at all. With this awareness he started practicing quieting his mind so his body could naturally find its own balance point. Suddenly, he not only improved his balance but he also learned how to consciously quiet his mind. This started his day with not only a great physical boost but also a profound mental and emotional boost.
Michael (not his name) did his Daily Prep religiously, but mostly as a way to get his movement in every day. As we worked together, he realized that he never made time (or had time) to do some mental preparation for his day. This meant he walked into his office and quickly became at the mercy of everyone else. By adding a mental preparation into his Daily Prep movements Michael quickly realized that rather than letting his mind just wander, he actually developed his intentions for his day. As he described it to me, by the time he finished his breathing squats he had a laser focus on what he needed to get done. By the time he finished all of this movements he had a calm confidence that lasted most of the day.
I hope these true stories help you think different about how you can enhance your Movement with a new Mindset. I'd love to hear the way you apply this.
By Scott Peltin
Founder & Chief Performance Officer