Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Body

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Body

Imagine the perfect day to go out for a run, but you are having difficulty just putting your socks on. You finally get it together and head out the door. You are on mile one of a quick three-mile run when you finally start to "get out of your head and into your body." It's a common phrase we often hear when exerting extra effort during a run. What exactly does the phrase mean? 

To each, their own, but many running coaches use this phrase to encourage runners to focus on their body's physical sensations and experiences while running rather than getting lost in their thoughts. 

This approach can help a runner to achieve a greater sense of mindfulness, reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance the enjoyment of a run. 

In terms of psychology, this approach to running is based on the idea of embodiment, which emphasizes the importance of the physical body in shaping our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Research has shown that running can significantly positively impact mental health, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, improving mood and self-esteem, and enhancing cognitive function. Has anyone ever heard of Runner's High??

To get out of your head and into your body when running, you can try a few different strategies:

  1. Focus on your breath: Pay attention to the rhythm and depth of your breathing, and try to synchronize your breath with your footsteps.
  2. Pay attention to your body: Tune in to the physical sensations of your body as you run, such as the feeling of your feet hitting the ground, the wind on your face, and the movement of your limbs.
  3. Use mindfulness techniques: Practice mindfulness by bringing your attention back to the present moment whenever your mind wanders. You can do this by focusing on your breath, body sensations, or the environment around you.
  4. Music: Sometimes, your favorite playlist or song will help improve your mood and reduce stress levels, making running more enjoyable and less like a chore.  
  5. Practice self-talk: Use positive affirmations or motivational self-talk to keep yourself focused and engaged during your run. For example, you might repeat phrases like "I am strong and capable" or "I can do this" to boost your confidence and motivation.

Bottomline, getting out of your head and into your body when running can help you to reap the many physical and mental benefits of running and enjoy the experience to the fullest.

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