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Examining the mental matters that influence your fitness

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  May 2, 2012 10:55 AM

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Where I'm Coming From

I am a father, husband, teacher, consultant, and eclectic exerciser (depending on my mood you could find me surfing, playing tennis, biking, lifting, plyoing, golfing, or joining just about any athletic activity that my 5 year old can dream up). Perhaps most important to this blog, I have spent the past 20 years studying or teaching about the psychology of play (a.k.a. exercise) (a.a.k.a. sport) in one format or the other. It has been a wonderful adventure taking me from sun drenched tennis courts in Florida to cavernous Canadian hockey rinks, from cramped biofeedback labs to grand Major League ballparks, from community YMCAs to opulent country clubs, from windowless sports medicine clinics to the expansive surf of Nantasket Beach. Throughout it all, it has always been clear that finding playfulness in our pursuits leads to health and high performance.

Where We're Going

Every other Thursday, we’ll talk about the mental matters that influence your exercise, your play, and your athletic performances. For our purposes let’s say we’re going to focus on your IT Factor. There are so many ways to play… and as you’ll see me remind us time and time again play is so central to getting fit. Because the ways abound, rather than saying exercise, workout, run, etc. let’s assume Nike got it right when they said, “Just Do It.” The IT journey is more complex than “just do,” so our discussions will encompass a variety of aspects of the journey. From starting it to making it stick to turning it all into a high performance lifestyle.

So stay tuned, follow my broodings @ahnaylor, e-mail topics you would like a thought or two about to adam@telos-spc.com and enjoy it all.


NaylorMug.jpgDr. Adam Naylor leads Telos Sport Psychology Consulting and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Boston University’s School of Education. He has a decade and a half of experiences working with professional through amateur athletes – of note: US Open competitors, NCAA champions, Olympians, Stanley Cup winners, and UFC martial artists. Beyond sports, over the past five years he has served as a corporate performance and wellness consultant. He can be reached at adam@telos-spc.com. Follow him on Twitter @ahnaylor.

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.

CONTRIBUTORS

Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at Boston.com. She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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