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New fields of mental coaching

The mental aspect of sport is not only related on technical or tactical training. This aspect is only part although important. I would say that the first aspect of the mental coaching concerns the implementation of the daily life of an athlete, and then his/her daily lifestyle. Nutrition, sleep, friends and family are significant aspects of the success. In many sports, for example, weight control is an essential aspect  of the performance and live in a conscious and positive these aspects increases the athlete well-being. Research conducted by the United States Olympic Committee found that family and friends are needed for success as they provide economic support, encouragement and emotional stability. The second aspect refers to the mental component of fitness. Feeling fit and ready to face any situation of their athletic performance is an essential part of self-confidence and viceversa. In fact, the motivation and the mental capacity to resist effectively to physical fatigue and exercise intensity promote the quality of the training sessions. Moreover, in many sports you should develop abilities not depending of other technical skills and who are however crucial to determine the result. I think the serve in volleyball and tennis, free throws in basketball, penalties in football, kicks in rugby, start in motor sports or sailing. These situations need to be trained mentally with accuracy.

Sport as a way of life in Europe

On 15 November in Florence, at the Palagio di Parte Guelfa, it will be held the Conference “Sport as a way of life in Europe,” an event sponsored by the National Agency for Youth. On this occasion the experts  all over the world and policy makers will discuss the issues related to the practice of sport in terms of promotion of healthy lifestyles. A tour that will visit medical and scientific issues, investigating the role of sport for the prevention and treatment of many diseases; town planning and architecture, with a focus on the redesign of the city according to the practice of outdoor sports and “zero kilometer”; legal and administrative probing new regulations, and comparing them with those of Europe, that promote the creation and management of sports organizations.

Information: National Youth Agency



MOVE Week is an annual Europe-wide event and an integral part of the NowWeMOVE campaign. This year, MOVE Week will take place from 29 September to 5 October. The objective of MOVE Week is to promote the benefits of being active and participating regularly in sport and physical activity throughout Europe. A wide range of promoters of physical activity (who we call MOVE Agents) coordinate events, including existing and new physical activities, for MOVE Week. MOVE Week and the NowWeMOVE campaign are being coordinated centrally by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) in collaboration with the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF). MOVE Week 2014 is financially supported by the European Union. MOVE Agents are the stars of MOVE Week. They make MOVE Week happen. A MOVE Agent can be a grassroots sport organisation, club, school, university, voluntary group, company, municipality/city or individual who organises a sport and physical activity event for MOVE Week. It is the MOVE Agent’s job to choose their event type and location, register it on the portal at moveweek.eu, gather the team they need to implement it, promote it in their communities and oversee it when it unfolds on the day(s). A MOVE Agent is a voluntary position, but ISCA and the National Coordinators in each country can give them advice on how to seek funding and support for their events. Toolkits, posters, flyers, banners and other promotional materials are also available to help MOVE Agents plan, gather support for, promote and stage their events

The numbers of well-being

The numbers of well-being:

10,000 steps every day to do

90 minutes max of consecutive work

15 minutes of relaxation or meditation daily

8 hours to sleep every day

5 meals recommended to eat an average amount of 2000 kcal

5 minute break every 90 minutes working

2 liters of water to drink every day

3 km walking  consecutively every day

We need to reduce our daily stress

Arianna Huffington wrote on Republica.it of today emphasizing the need to reduce daily stress derived from the work as the need to improve the quality of life and maintain a health condition. At this regard, it is worth remembering what are the attitudes and behaviors that put at risk the people health and welfare:

  1. excessive competitiveness,
  2. accentuation of key words in everyday language, without it needs for this and tend to eat the last words of a sentence,
  3.  concern not to respect the terms of work delivery,
  4.  intolerance towards others and delay,
  5. eager to receive reinforcements from others and tangible rewards,
  6. constant state of physical and psychological alert  that may lead to aggressive behavior,
  7. be usually impatient with people and situations,
  8. sufficiently attuned to the identification of specific targets, because more action-oriented ,
  9. feeling of guilt while relaxing or resting,
  10. overly critical toward themselves and others.

They are individuals who usually live their life always with the foot on the accelerator and they do not ever hold back. Although with a lot of energy, always in a hurry, go to the floor and never stop. This is their problem: consider every opportunity to slow down as a waste of time, since they have always focused on the next obstacle. The acceleration of the communication that we are living thanks to the diffusion of the mobile phone, e-mail and social networks, it made them even more prisoners of thisway of life.
Specifically, what are the aspects that most disrupt their health? The ambition, impatience or hostility? Longitudinal studies have found that individuals with high hostility scores, after 20 years from this evaluation had a higher frequency of deaths due to cardiovascular problems than those who had received low scores of hostility.
In addition, it is the association between hostility and cynicism that seems to produce such negative effects on personal wellbeing. The cynicism is explained in terms of mistrust in human nature, in ideals and social conventions.
In confirmation of this interpretation it has been shown that it is possible to work in a highly stressful environment, showing behaviors such as those described but maintaing a good health. This positive condition can be achieved if the  people:

  1. are committed not only to work but also to themselves, family and other values ​, thus avoiding falling into cynical attitudes,
  2. believe to exert control over their professional and private life,
  3. have a tendency to consider the changes in life as a challenge to manage, and not just as problems and concerns.

Promote walking: an act of social responsibility for all

Walking is one of the primary human activities. Today it is possible to live seated passing from one seat to another. Therefore sports organizations and public institutions should promote a joint project to promote walking: it would be innovative and much needed to safeguard the welfare of the citizens.

Several psychosocial aspects involved in the success of this idea ; concern the substance of the perception that people have of:

  • how valuable and rewarding to walk in their city ,
  • which motivation the walk satisfies
  • as their overall well-being comes out strengthened.

These three aspects should reach to create a unique integrated individual model, which it allows to easily switch from the intention of walking (I would like to do) the action (I’m doing).

Being aware of these three aspects and their interaction becomes, therefore, necessary for the success of this walk project. We know that we appreciate the walk into town if:

  • we see others walk going to work,
  • there are green, safe and attractive spaces,
  • the streets are safe ,
  • pedestrian accidents are rare,
  • there are schools where you walk ,
  • the traffic is reduced.

In relation to the individual motivations, the people are oriented to perform an activity that:

  • reduces daily stress and improve mood,
  • increases a good relationship with the body,
  • takes place outdoors,
  • can be done with friends,
  • respects the individual rhythms and is moderately intense,
  • both easy and affordable.

The third aspect of this approach concerns the promotion of the welfare. This result derives from the interaction between the two aspects described and which relate to the criteria of walkability and motivation . When they meet the individual shows a higher level of personal satisfaction, which provides a better sense of well-being .

Running and meditation

Accomplished runner and leader of Shambhala, Sakyong Mipham has found physical activity to be essential for spiritual well-being. In this practical and inspiring book, he offers simple lessons that meld mindfulness with physical movement which can be used by anyone – regardless of age, spiritual background, or ability. The result is an enhanced way of life – more energy, more focus, more patience – that will appeal to runners, spiritual seekers and anyone interested in great health and wellbeing.


Sport for all in the US university

The choice of Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College, quit the sport business to invest in the well-being of the students through the dissemination of various forms of physical activity is undoubtedly a revolutionary choice that does not give priority to the development  of the absolute sport performance but physical and psychological fitness. This choice responds to the rule that the sport/physical activity is for everyone, not just those who choose it as the main activity of their lives. I think the time has come to say again that sport is the only way to lead a physically active lifestyle and to combat the problems and diseases as a result of the movement absence. And then it is the best thing that the School promotes less athletes but more healthy and active students. 





Italy is not a country for sport youngs

In Italy the 2012 year ended with the politic  that in  its programs did not talk about phisical activity and sport world who complains about this absence, without doing anything else. It’s a bad news for all of us who believe that having a physically active lifestyle is not only a hobby but a basic right for our well-being. Perhaps the worker problems come first, but are we sure to have the highest percentage of overweight children in Europe is a great record? They eat bad, do not exercise and stay too sitting at school and home. In the U.S. this problem has caused a campiagn by Michelle Obama, not just an ordinary person and it is starting to show positive results, as in the cities overweight is regressing. Italy is the country with the lowest number of hours of physical activity at school and there is no initiative to increase it. Must be three coaches of the national volleyball, rugby and cycling teams to talk about this Italian plague  but their statements did not rise reactions. The future of young people  it is also created thinking to children and adolescents who leave not only sports but also any form of physical activity since the secondary school and they will rarely come back. We cut our children’s legs from the beginning of their lives and that’s why we are not a country for young people.

(From  http://www.huffingtonpost.it/../../alberto-cei/lo-sport-e-assente-dallag_b_2381927.html)