The Mind-Body Connection
three essentials of a proper mind set for skiing is motivation,
visualization, and focus. Get mentally tough in these areas and
your confidence level will soar. In addition, you'll be able to
jettison any anxieties you may have about downhill skiing.
skier understands the virtues of building a strong body, but he
or she also needs the right mind set for skiing. You need to be
well-prepared for the mind games that are associated with skiing
in the expert zones where the control of one's mind is often as
important as the strength of one's body.
is definitely a mind-body connection in downhill skiing!
need a treatise on the latest breakthrough in the psychological
aspects of fear to conquer steeps, trees, and moguls. The old
adage, you have nothing to fear but fear itself, applies to expert
skiing as well. The right mind set will serve to get you psyched
up, keep your anxieties in check, and let you focus completely
on the task at hand.
Essentials of a Proper Mind Set
Motivation, visualization, and focus are three of the essential
skills the expert skier needs to master the subconscious mind
and become tougher mentally. Let's consider each one of these
requirements in turn.
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Being motivated will put you in control of your thoughts. You
need to tell yourself over and over that you're in charge, not
the ski hill. This will help you to develop a positive attitude
so you can reach your goals for the season.
Visualization is another technique that you can use to prepare
yourself for that tough mogul run or steep slope. You need to
learn how to visualize or form a mental picture of the complete
run before you start. In addition, learning to relax will serve
to keep a lid on your anxieties. Ski racers and aerialists often
use these methods just before the beginning of a race or competition.
Focusing allows you to break up the run into smaller tasks so
you can zoom in on the next two or three turns. This eliminates
the fear of the complete run, and also serves to keep your head
up and eyes looking ahead at the next obstacle in your path.
The lesson entitled The Right Mind Set in the Skills of the Expert
Skier expands on the three essentials so you know how, when, and
where to apply the techniques. Ski coaches, instructors and sports
psychologists all agree that mental conditioning can go a long
way toward making you the skier you always dreamed you could be.
Now is the time to train your mind to keep your anxieties in check.
is a certified ski instructor and writer of the downhill skiing
lessons in the course Skills of the Expert Skier.
More about mental training for skiiers around the Web:
Inside the Ski Racing Mind: Demystifying Sport Psychology