What To Do When You Aren’t Practicing Your Riding

Most of us don’t have as much time as we’d like to practice our riding. It can be frustrating to return to a lesson week after week and feel as though you don’t make much progress. Or to have an accident and be facing weeks of no riding time as you heal.

Today I’ve got a simple idea for you to help improve your riding even when you’re not in the saddle. This isn’t a new technique and I’m sure you’ve heard of it before, but I was doing a bit of research on this topic and found a few very interesting studies to prove its effectiveness. So what “practice-replacement technique” am I talking about? Visualization.

Visualization, or picturing yourself doing something, has become increasingly popular in the worlds of sports and performance, and for good reason – what we picture in our minds affects how we move our bodies.

In this week’s video, I’d like to share several studies that show how mental practice can be almost effective as real physical practice, how simple visualization can trigger real change in the body, and why how you visualize may also be important…

Now I’d love to hear from you – What are your experiences with visualization? When have you used it and did it help?

See you in the comments!

Callie

 

To read the studies referenced here, visit these links:

https://www.llewellyn.com/encyclopedia/print.php?id=244

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14998709

http://www.bioneurofeedback.com/De_Bease-Dissertation.pdf

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