5 Healthy Habits You Should Take From Athletes
You watch the swift swing of your foot as it connects with a ball. The crowd holds their breath in suspense as the ball soars over the goalies head and into the net. The crowd erupts in cheer. Have you ever wondering what it would be like to be a professional athlete?
What about football, baseball, basketball, track, soccer, extreme sports, volleyball, wrestling?
Whatever sport or activity you choose the athletes who compete at the highest level know they need to take care of themselves.
They understand, how they treat their body affects their ability to perform. That's why they pay attention to what I am about to discuss.
To be clear, I don't expect you to workout 3x a day and eat like an NFL lineman in pre-season training camp. That would be ridiculous.
Instead, I want to show you five different qualities professional athletes (of all kinds) use to improve their life. So you can too.
#1. Practice More Often
The best athletes in the world understand the importance of practice. That's why they spend loads of time doing it.
Don't worry; I'm not telling you to do the same. I know you don't have the same amount of time.
Instead, I just want you to re-frame your mind.
Don't give up because something is challenging. With that attitude, you're destined for failure, and I want to help you succeed.
You just need to practice to get better.
The tough new exercise and the weird new nutrition habit just take practice.
Soon they become second nature, and it's not difficult anymore. The key is to do it often.
If you start and stop you're relearning the same beginning steps every time, and it's going to take you forever to improve.
#2. Eat Healthy Foods
Although it would be great to have nutritionist and chef cook all your meals, I doubt that's going to happen.
But you still need to make eating healthy a priority. Food is your fuel, and when you low quality fuel into your body, you start to feel it.
You become sluggish, tired, and have more cravings. Which is what we want to avoid.
The first step is to follow a well-balanced nutrition plan, put together by a professional. One that includes: whole foods, lean protein, fruits, veggies, healthy fats, water, etc.
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Now that you've got high quality fuel in your body, let's continue.
#3. Drink More
On average the human body is 60% water.
When you're dehydrated, you experience mild side effects like: dizziness, headaches, dry mouth, sleepiness, increased chances of injury, decreased muscle contractions, decreased concentration and loss of focus.
Which is why it's important to stay hydrated when you're playing sports and when you're just going to your typical workday or weekend.
You see, staying hydrated will let you have a clear and healthy mind. But if you don't drink enough water the opposite can happen.
On top of that, your body can confuse thirst with hunger, so you crave foods.
Drinking more water will help you feel fuller, perform better, and feel healthier.
Every day you should drink .5-1 oz of water for every pound you weight.
#4. Don’t Skip On Rest
It's important to note that most people are not over trained, they're under recovered.
We've all experienced sleepless nights. Tossing and turning, full of anxiety, loads of caffeine to get through the day, pounds of stress and worry dragging you down...
Lack of sleep can cause brain fog, decreased productivity, poor nutrition and elevated cortisol. These will wreck havoc on your body and slugging down cup after cup of coffee just to get through the day isn't going to help.
Instead, you need to focus on things that are going to help you recover to the best of your abilities.
Nutrition, hydration, stretching, being active, are all great but making sleep a priority is a game changer for most people.
Set the alarm at least 30 minutes before it's bedtime.
This is your wind-down routine which you should: avoid electronic devices, don't do anything too active, rest, set your sleeping environment to a cool comfortable temperature and relax.
Even in a busy world, aim for 7-8 hours of restful sleep, and you'll feel much better.
#5. Fundamentals First
The best coaches in the world get their athletes to understand the importance of getting good at the basics.
Because if you can't-do the simple things right, what can you do right?
For you, this means working on the fundamentals in the gym: push, pull, squat, hinge, carry, rotate.
What exercises do you have to do?
That all depends on your goal and the prescription your trainer gives you.
An exercise routine that covers those fundamentals is what will help keep you healthy and active for a long time. Once you get good at the basics, you'll be able to have more fun and experiment with more fun activities and be safer than ever.
How To Make This Is A Lifestyle Change
Now, I don't expect you to go out and compete in a professional sport.
Instead, I hope this opens your eyes to a few simple things that top athletes are doing in their lives and that you can incorporate into your own.
They won't take away from your life, or take all day either.
In fact, it will allow you to be more productive and feel better.
The good news is if you follow the traits in this article you're ahead of most people, and they will have a significant impact on your life for the better.
Thanks for reading.