Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has mentioned his preference for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) over running. For him, BJJ calms the mind and removes distractions more than running. Having practiced BJJ and running, I see his point, but I also feel there's more to the story.
BJJ is intense. On the mat, facing an opponent, there's no room for distraction. Lose focus, and you might find yourself at a disadvantage. This level of concentration creates a strong sense of presence. Zuckerberg is right; BJJ forces you into the moment.
Now, let's consider running.
Some think of running, especially easy runs, as a time when the mind can drift. But running can also be a time of focus. On those relaxed runs, instead of letting your mind wander, pay attention. Listen to your breath, watch your stride, or tune into the sounds around you. This approach improves your run and keeps you in the moment.
I find a deep level of focus when it comes to races or hard workouts. The challenge of each mile demands attention. The effort, the push, the drive — all of it brings you to the present.
Both BJJ and running teach us about being present. On the mat or the road, they provide a break from daily noise and a chance to be in the moment.
Oss! Best wishes on chasing your running goals.