6 Science-Backed Reasons to be a More Mindful Runner

6 Science-Backed Reasons to be a More Mindful Runner

This Rundamentalists episode is an insightful article written by Mackenzie L. Havey, the author of the forthcoming book, Mindful Running. Mackenzie highlights six key reasons runners should consider embracing mindfulness and the shares the supporting science.

The last two decades have made way for a growing body of research supporting the use of mindfulness-based interventions to decrease stress, anxiety and depression, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and improve sleep among other things.

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3 things mental strength trainers teach olympic athletes

3 things mental strength trainers teach olympic athletes

Amy Morin is a psychotherapist and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, a bestselling book that is being translated into more than 20 languages. Amy loves to share the latest research on resilience and the best strategies for overcoming adversity and building mental muscle. In this post Amy explores what we can learn from elite athletes to develop a winning mindset.

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Improve focus and motivation

Improve focus and motivation

Our guest expert this week is Dr. Jason Selk; considered to be one of the premier performance coaches in the United States. He helps numerous well-known professional and Olympic athletes, as well as Fortune 500 executives and organizations develop the mental toughness necessary for high-level success.

Dr. Selk’s book 10-Minute Toughness explains how to be mentally prepared for competition. Targeting tools for mental toughness, it is designed to help athletes identify what it takes to be successful and to improve focus, concentration, confidence, and motivation requiring just 10 minutes of practice per day.

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Dr Rob Bell: Make goals, not deals

Dr Rob Bell: Make goals, not deals

Sport Psychology coach Dr. Rob Bell is our guest expert for this article. Rob has PGA Tour credentials as a Sport Psychology consultant, has coached winners on the PGA Tour and caddied on Tour. He is the author of three books: The Hinge: The Importance of Mental Toughness  &  Mental Toughness Training for Golf. The latest NO FEAR: A Simple Guide to Mental Toughness.

Rob is also a triathlete and runner with a marathon PR of 3.23.

At the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Billy Mills would make history with his iconic sprint to win the gold medal in the 10,000 meters. He was so unknown, that a Japanese reporter asked him after his win “who are you?” He is still the last American to win the Gold medal in the 10,000 meters.

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Interview: Legs are ready, is your mind?

Interview: Legs are ready, is your mind?

This is the final chapter of the three part interview with sports psychology expert and author of Amazon best seller, The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive (Rodale, 2014); Jim Afremow, Ph.D. Today, Jim shares more mental toughness secrets used by elite athletes and talks about coping with injury to bounce back stronger.

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Interview part 1: Brain training for runners

Interview part 1: Brain training for runners

Matt Fitzgerald is the award winning endurance sports journalist and best-selling author of more than 20 books on running, triathlon, fitness, nutrition, and weight loss, including: Racing Weight. An experienced running and triathlon coach and certified sports nutritionist, Matt also serves as a brand ambassador for Mizuno.

Matt has an encyclopedic knowledge of all aspects of running, however to remain in tune with the Rundamentalists theme, the interview focused on his book: Brain Training for Runners and his insightful views on mental toughness.

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