Have you ever wondered what it was like to crush a leather ball with a wooden bat in a stadium filled with 400 screaming fans?
What about leaning headfirst into the finish line to win by a hair in the final 100-meter race in the 2020 Olympics?
I can’t even pretend to know what it’s like to do a floor routine even half as good gymnast so I won’t even go there.
If there are one thing for certain we know that the majority of athletes take care great care of themselves. They are aware of everything they do on a daily basis, are mindful about what they put into their body, and have a tireless work ethic.
Athletes get admired all over the world, and they deserve it.
Here are 5 qualities everyone should steal from an athlete.
Practice Makes (Close To) Perfect
Athletes spend a ridiculous amount time, energy, and effort practicing. Then when they think everything is perfect — they practice even more.
They do everything they can improve their skill: weightlifting, tennis, gymnastics, football, soccer, etc.
Talent plays a part but when you look at the men and women who are the best at what they do, it doesn’t come without massive effort.
Don’t think just because you’re pretty good at something you don’t need to practice. With that attitude you’re doomed for failure.
Keep practicing, it takes time to change your body, but don’t give up.
Elite athletes have nutritionist and chefs to cook their food. They make sure they’re refueled but I don’t expect you to go that route unless you want to.
Instead, just follow these simple rules for a well-balanced diet:
- Eat fibrous veggies: aim for at least 1-2 FIST size at every meal
- Eat protein at every meal: aim for 1 PALM size for female, 2 for males
- Drinks lots of water
- Throw away junk foods and empty calories
- Eat a colorful diet
*Yes, fist and palm sizes are different. Just look at your hand*
Try to prep your own foods as often as possible. That way you know exactly what’s in it, and you can skip the personal chef.
Rest and Recovery
When you want to look and perform great, you have to recover. It’s not enough to pound caffeine to stay awake with fake energy throughout the day.
A lack of sleep can cause brain fog, decreased productivity, poor nutrition and elevated cortisol which wrecks havoc on your body.
Get at least 6-8 hours of quality sleep every night. I don’t mean in your bed tossing and turning, I mean good sleep.
You might have to go to bed earlier, you Netflix binges, or not going out drinking all the time.
But, if you want to change the way you look and feel, this is a great place to start.
Follow A Schedule
Mid-season, off-season, or injured athletes have a plan and they execute on that plan.
In the weight room they focus on the fundamentals:
They do more of what improves their sport and less of what doesn’t.
The schedule of an athlete might could include adding 5 pounds to the bar next week, doing more reps, or changing the exercises.
Either way, there is always a plan and a schedule.
Make It A Lifestyle
It’s not a one and done deal. Athletes know that it takes repeated effort time and time again to getting better at their sport.
The more experience they have and the better they get, they know progress slows down. The changes aren’t as drastic.
After years and years, it becomes so difficult to see any changes at all.
But, they keep practicing and doing these important things because they know that’s what it takes to stay on top.
Wrapping It Up
This is a long game that athletes know how to play better than most.
But the good news is, we just have to follow in their footsteps. In all honesty, with a lot less intensity and sacrifice then they make.
The changes you can make on daily basis will have a huge impact on your life if you so stick to these 5 basics:
- eat healthy
- rest and recovery
- follow a plan
- make it a lifestyle
Thanks for reading. If there’s anything I can help with, leave a comment below.
About the author:
Zack Miller is a personal trainer from Cranford, New Jersey. Zack writes about exercise, nutrition and other fitness related topics to help his clients and anyone else who is interested. Read more from zack on his website, here: www.tonebodyfit.com