Whatever your sport or discipline, you need to train, train, train, to achieve the pinnacle of success. While you may not be an Olympic competitor, giving your all when it comes to training is the only way to go. Of course, if you are going to excel and be a true athlete, you must consider training as a full time career. In many cases, this will mean that you now have two full time careers and this will, at times, no doubt, be both daunting and challenging.
Of course, for many of us, going to the gym three to four times a week to keep fit and healthy is plenty and this is perfectly acceptable. Not everyone who works out and trains has dream of achieving athletic perfection. However, if you are a true athlete, you have understood from the very beginning that committing 150% at all times to a rigorous and punishing training schedule, in and out of the gym is the reality of your life.
Athletic training does not start and end at the gym doors. In fact, sports’ training is about working the whole body. This includes the mind, the soul and the body – if one part is off balance, the other parts will soon follow suit.
For the mind
Remember that your mind is very powerful and can send many subconscious messages that may somehow sabotage your training. Work your mind by reciting positive messages and mantras. Talk to yourself and be kind to yourself. Remember that you need to be committed and motivated – set goals and congratulate yourself when you reach them. Focus your mind on positive outcomes.
For the soul
Do kind things for yourself. Write your thoughts and feelings in a journal – Don’t’ hesitate to vent and express your feelings, concerns and fears. Surround yourself with loving support. Don’t hesitate to “dump” the negative or bad forces in your life. Learn to pamper yourself with non destructive things – a good book, a good bath, a nice evening with friends. Meditate and look inwards to find your inner strength and keep your training in perspective. Remember that you are not alone.
For the body
Treat your body well. Don’t feed it junk food, caffeine, cigarettes, drugs or alcohol. Eat well – and don’t hesitate to eat foods that you enjoy. Remember to drink a lot of water – it will keep you healthy and feeling light. Sleep the number of hours that you need and remember that while you are training you need to be kind to your body – only push your body up to the point where you do not feel pain. Pain IS NEVER good. Keep in deep contact with what your body is saying to you – learn to listen to the body’s messages.