Healthy like an athlete
At the start of the new year you read a lot of New Year resolutions. Some resolutions are about realising dreams like travelling more, working less and spending more time with family. However the most popular resolution is about living a conscious and healthier lifestyle. January is a great month for gym-subscriptions (‘I really will start tomorrow’) and a lot of diet books can be found underneath the Christmas tree. Unfortunately all of our resolutions are down the drain in February and overshadowed by excuses. Our busy lives often lead us neglecting our health and well being. One group of people who can’t neglect that healthy lifestyle are our professional athletes, so stick a photo of Jessica Ennis Hill on your fridge and find your inner Olympian.
Athletes can be an inspiration to us all. What can you learn from athletes to get in shape?
You have to want to do it.
It sounds very easy, but often it’s the most difficult step to be fully committed. Ask yourself whether you really want to live a more conscious and healthy life. The next question is also really important: why do you want to do it? A beach body is obviously great and gives you some motivation as a starting point. But from years of experience I can tell you that you need more than this.
Do you have a lot of self- discipline? That’s great! Create a schedule in your agenda. But if you’re lacking that attitude then you need to be a bit more aware of your habits. If you like cooking, then make sure there’s always healthy ingredients in your fridge. If you always like to have drinks with friends, just start by taking one less. A few changes can really make a huge difference.
Person with a Plan
An athlete has clear goals and an organised agenda. Just like every other appointment you make you can make room for a training session or two. Be realistic and make it achievable. Let yourself have one off cheat-days and you don’t force yourself to get up early in the morning if you had a party the night before.
Create a winning situation
No athlete gets to the top alone. It’s always teamwork. You’re not the only one with ambitions, find a partner-in-crime that helps you, stimulates you and supports you. Create your own #fitteam and they will help you to be motivated and it’s also more fun. A winning situation if you ask me!
Damn you discipline
We saved the most boring point to the end. But discipline is the key. Try to keep your promises to yourself and maybe even your #fitteam. This also means resting well. Try to plan a night with nothing and a day on the weekend to focus just on yourself; have a lie in, go for a walk and snuggle up in front of a film. Also try to find discipline in doing absolutely nothing and relaxing. Get your agenda, make that shopping list and throw away all of your guilty pleasure food. Drink Whey Cool and get some post-workout fuel. There’s no need to wait until, START NOW!
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