In training, everyone focuses on 90% physical and 10% mental, but in the races, it is just opposite for mental i.e, 90% mental. As we know there’s a very minute thing that separates us physically at the professional/elite level. A lot of thing goes into your races:- countless laps, many hours in the pool, Right Food, Right technique, early morning and so on. Races are decided by very little fractions of a second (almost 1000 part of the second). So it is becoming more critical part of the competition to find a way to get ahead of the swimmer in the lane next to you. Guided imagery is a very powerful tool that improves your performance to next level and the likelihood of success at your next Races. When you step up on the blocks, you have already executed the same race so many times that the physical race is just a re-enactment of the mental exercise you have been doing. let’s take a look at “how to Use Visualization to Improve Your Swimming performance”.
Here are some best ways to maximize your visualization efforts before your next big event:-
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In term of Imaginary, there is creating or recreating a race event or a scene in one’s mind. let us take an example, there is an athlete who use imaginary visualization to create a perfect swimming performance. When athletes are using visualization they should try to not only see but also to hear, feel and smell all that is going on in the imagined situation.
- To maximize benefits, the image needs to be as close to reality.
- If the imagery becomes negative it can be a detriment to performance.
1. Practice Will Make You a Lot Better!
Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect, But It Will Make You a Lot Better. Visualization should be treated as a skill. You can do it at night in bed, in the back of the car, on the train, when you are swimming, when you are eating and so on.
Do it at the regular time of interval, a few minutes a day. The more you do it the easier it will be to imagine an outcome that you desire.
2. Avoid Negativity.
This is quite obvious, We start out imagining the best possible outcome, but then those negative thoughts will start to come in mind and nagging little cracks of the doubt to begin to tear open our positive outcome.
It’s like :- What if my swimming goggles fall off?
What if my goggles fill up?
What am I did False start?…. and so on.
You find a quiet place, close your eyes, imagine your race in full detail, but soon you catch yourself thinking about your homework. Each time this happens, reset, and focus on the details to make the image clearer in your mind.
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