By Cindy Abrami, NASM-Corrective Exercise Specialist, UESCA Running and Multisport Coach and holds a BS in Nutrition
Focus – There’s this amazing thing that happens to our minds and focus when we’re in a race or hard workout. In the most intense moments, our peripheral awareness shrinks into tunnel vision. Steeped in concentration, our minds let go of everything unnecessary and focuses in on the few things that matter. This happens both with what we see and what we hear. A few years back I was in the final quarter mile of the State Street Mile. The closer to the finish line I got the more narrow my focus became until all I saw was one thing (the finish line up ahead) and heard just one voice. Although the crowd was cheering on both sides (I know this because I later saw video and pictures), I only heard one voice. It was my husband yelling at me, “Kick, kick.” Our bodies automatically adjust to the current need. It turns out this same kind of focus is helpful in life and living as well. Again another favorite passage from scripture explains it best: “… whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.” Choose to focus on what makes you better and improves your life, and let everything else leave your peripheral vision. Thanks for listening, stay inspired!