Joyful Athlete the Wisdom of the Heart In Exercise Sports Training

Joyful Athlete the Wisdom of the Heart In Exercise & Sports Training

How can athletes train for maximum performance and joy The Joyful Athlete shares the findings of a veteran runner who worked as an editor at Runners World and has raced at distances from 100 yards to 100K 62.2 miles. After receiving a masters degree from Stanford University, author George Beinhorn was paralyzed from the chest down for three years. No sooner had he recovered than a spiritual teacher urged him to start runningthere would be no time for self pity. For the next 40 years, he researched ways to make training both scientific and personally rewarding. Studying the careers of hundreds of athletes, he found that the most successful shared two qualities. First, they were expansivethey had a positive outlook and exceptional energy. And they practiced feeling based trainingthey had an uncanny ability to understand the signals their bodies were sending. Athletes in our western culture have been obsessed with numbers. The assumption is that by analyzing our training rationally, well be able to achieve more consistent results and get the most enjoyment. In practice, this premise hasn't worked out very well. Athletes from cultures where intuition is honored, notably elite runners from East Africa, continue to dominate. Thats because sports training isnt about running the numbers. Its about working with the individual body that we must train with, and whose needs change continually. The Joyful Athlete tells a riveting story of groundbreaking research that reveals why our bodies thrive when we cultivate expansive thoughts and feelings, and how scores of athletes at all levels have found success by feeling based training. Its an enjoyable reading experience that will inspire athletes in every sport. The Joyful Athlete answers the most basic question every athlete faces: How can I be successful and enjoy my training too

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