With the year that’s been, it’s important to check in on our mental and physical wellbeing. We know that making sport a daily habit can help all athletes* to stay both mentally and physically fit, and running in particular can be a great way to connect the mind and body through movement and focus.
To highlight the positive impact running can have on our mental health, Nike Head Run Coach Lydia O’Donnell has created a 7-day Mindful Running Program for all running abilities, to kick off the summer months with a positive mindset.
“Mindful running is one of the best ways to get a sense of purpose and satisfaction – mentally and physically. Personally, I use it as a tool to connect with myself regularly, set my intentions and stay true to my purpose each time I run.”
Using the Nike Run Club (NRC) app, Lydia has included Audio Guided Runs (AGRs) in the program from the app’s Mindful Running Pack, a collection of 27 AGR’s which tackle a range of topics like dealing with stress, goal setting and practicing gratitude. Run with the likes of Headspace co-founder and former Buddhist monk, Andy Puddicombe, and Nike Global Head Run Coach, Chris Bennett, who will help you to listen to your body and your mind, and share their expertise on mental and physical strength.
Knowing the importance of a varied routine, Lydia has also included workouts from the Nike Training Club (NTC) app, ranging from yoga sessions to strength training, to help support the runner’s journey towards a holistic positive mindset.
“Having variety in your training is a great way to keep the motivation up and test yourself across different forms of mindful moving. The variety in a training plan can also allow yourself as a runner to build strength and flexibility which can actually help run faster and stronger.
It is also important to understand the purpose of rest days. Rest and recovery days are just as important as your training days. The better you can recover, the harder you can train. Allow yourself a rest day if you need it to prepare yourself for harder days to come.”