You think the only difference between you and athletes are their abilities, skills, and hard work? You might be surprised at how wrong you are!
More than just practice time and the effort athletes give in games and events, athletes’ daily routines are really what makes them stand out from average people.
Here are ten things that you must do every single day if you want to really step into their athletic shoes and immerse into the lifestyle of your favorite players.
1. They set realistic goals and strive to achieve them.
The best athletes give themselves long-term and short-term, even daily goals. Setting personal goals help athletes pinpoint who and where they want to be, measure their improvements, and motivate themselves towards becoming better.
Although most athletes make it look so easy, planning and setting realistic goals for each day needs an investment of time and energy. In achieving these goals, you also need to channel patience, persistence, effort, and hard work.
2. They envision success.
Many athletes not only train hard physically but also train their minds to think positive and claim success. Physical performance is largely based on mindset, so picturing themselves winning or succeeding in reaching their goals is also important.
Carli Lloyd, soccer player for the USA is one great example. She focuses a lot on her mind, visualizing success and exactly what she intends to happen before each game. You’ll find that following her example makes a lot of difference.
3. They don’t let mistakes hold them down.
Let’s face it: we all make mistakes and experience failure at some point, even the best athletes. But what makes them so successful is not preventing or avoiding mistakes, but dealing with and facing them immediately.
They don’t spend time crying over spilled milk or dwelling on mistakes, but rather learn from them and let go.
The best athletes have grit and stamina, taking full charge of their own future. They know that there will be bumps in the road, like doubt or discouragement, but committing to their goals despite every detour and curve is what makes them successful.
4. They prioritize their nutrition.
Every dedicated athlete knows that everything they put into their body directly affects their health and performance. Therefore, they make sure to eat healthy, balanced, wholesome diets that also help their bodies put up with vigorous training and tight schedules.
Focusing on nutrition is a daily and constant decision to make. For example, tennis player Novak Djokovic from Serbia follows a very specific eating routine every day. He starts with a huge cup of water, two tablespoons of honey, and a nutrient-packed breakfast of oatmeal or muesli, seeds, nuts, coconut oil, fruit, and coconut water or non-dairy milk.
Aside from fueling your body with food that provides energy, you should also keep yourself hydrated throughout your day.
5. They value good quality rest and sleep for recovery.
Elite athletes know that getting enough rest and sleep is vital for success. They take time to recover and get full eight hours of sleep every night. This renews their mind and body, allowing them to start fresh in the morning.
In fact, probably the most famous swimmer of all time, Michael Phelps, values sleep so much he snoozes in a special altitude chamber. Apparently, this helps his lungs and heart adapt to low oxygen conditions similar to when he’s underwater and develops his stamina.
But you don’t really need anything this special to get sound sleep: just make sure that you sleep in total darkness and keep yourself cool. Get rid of any electronics and keep them away from your bed. Hitting the hay and waking up at the same time every day should also be a habit.
6. They surround themselves with good company.
Skilled athletes get even better with challenges. This is why they hang out with teammates, training partners, coaches, and friends that encourage them to strive for improvement.
The positive energy of active, successful and better people help them stay happy and motivated towards success.
7. They train hard and record keep their training records.
The best athletes have their own team of trainers, coaches, nutritionists, etc. But even if you don’t have this, you should have a structured training program and plan, and stick to it. Training is very important and giving it your all every single day proves that the best way to compete is to beat your own best.
Aside from training smartly, the best athletes also keep track of changes and improvements. This helps address the problem or weak points regarding your training. This also helps in keeping you motivated when you see how far you’ve come.
The journey towards achieving your own goals and striving to become a better athlete and person may be long and hard, but it would totally be worth it.
Sara Smith Blog Editor at Profeethub.com