This is the do or die. The moment you've been working for so hard. You stand on that start line ready to show what you're made of. Ready to prove a point. All the eyes are on you. Will you prevail or will you fall apart? What happens next is completely up to you. Anyone who has ever competed knows that your physical capabilities are not the only winning factor. We can get as strong as we can, but if our head is not in the right place, the results won't be there either. How often have we seen that athletes fall apart when the pressure is the highest and hear commentators blame it on the nerves.
While in small doses, stress can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. Stress can also help you rise to meet challenges. It’s what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the game-winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam when you’d rather be watching TV. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body start to pay the price.
Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the “stress response.” The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life—giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid a car accident. But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, mood, productivity, relationships, and your quality of life. For many athletes the task of balancing training, studies, social interactions, family and others often proves to be too much. So how can we help?
Think of stress as energy. Great athletes learn to harness this energy and lesser athletes get harnessed by it. Some researchers suggest that athletes and trainers need to work together to identify what has caused the stress, and use appropriate coping mechanisms such as relaxation, and goal setting. It should be noted that if the stressor is not dealt with properly it can have a detrimental effect on the athlete’s performance and can in some cases cause a knock-on effect. However, breathing technique may become your soothing factor.
Breathing patterns have a massive impact on one's mental state. That's why we always associate anxiety with fast shallow breaths and those encouraging words of 'just breathe'. Have you seen Ronaldo get ready for that game-changing free kick? A couple of deep breath, a death-stare, and more often than not the ball ends up in the net. That's an example of someone utilizing their breathing to put their head in the right place. Airofit will help you learn to do the same.
The Instant Performance program is designed to be used right before the all-important moments. A short session of specific breathing exercises will put your in the right state of tension both physically and mentally - not too tense where nerves take over, and not too relaxed where your body is not ready to perform.
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