You may see this phrase in various articles you come across or notice it posted at your gym. People use this cliché so often that each word ends up being ignored and neglected. Have you ever wondered what it actually means or what steps are necessary to achieve this trifecta?
When asking someone in the health field what this means, you could get 10 different answers from 10 different people. Well, Carol Bucci is here to give you her own experience of understanding and achieving this connection based on 16 years as a certified personal trainer and 25+ years of working out.
The Mind - Do you ever put on earbuds when walking/jogging or weight training and try to forget about everything around you except the music? If so, you just lost the mind connection to the mind-body-spirit phrase. Instead of tuning out, you should be tuning in to your mind and actually focusing on what your body is doing at every moment of exercise movement so the correct muscles are recruited by the brain through the nervous system. As soon as you disconnect, the brain will send neurons (signals) to the same muscles paths you always use, which could be wrong for the activity you are doing at the moment and cause you to get injured. For me to experience the mind connection, I have learned to keep the music turned off so I concentrate on my muscle movements and staying relaxed with no distractions.
The Body - As I gained more body awareness through complete concentration when exercising, the muscles and joints were secretly getting organized and harmonized without telling me. This was due to the improvement of my stability and mobility from staying focused. When they work together, the human body can move efficiently without wasting energy or minimizing movement performance. Stress then moves from specific areas in the body to the whole system sharing the load. The bottom line – my stress level, both physically and psychologically, started to go way down.
The Spirit - While the mind-body connection continued to improve as the months went on, something wonderful happened without even noticing it was happening. My connection to God became really strong. A relationship with him was already there before my exercising behavior changed and it actually felt like a pretty good one. However, it wasn’t until after the stress went down that I felt my heart truly open up like never before. I found myself handling problems and relationships with a completely different mindset. Many things that might have irritated me in the past no longer get any attention. My gratitude to God for leading me on this journey has made me even more passionate as a trainer to reach out and help as many people as possible experience this trifecta for themselves.