Seriously y'all. This week had only four work/school days. And each of those days were really busy. I guess it was only a matter of time before I forgot something slightly essential...like a food vessel...
I'm just happy it's Friday.:)
As per usual, I decided to go rogue on the Friday Five 2.0. I'm the worst, but here's some great information for you, ya' rockstar! Here are
FIVE WAYS to FEEL like an ATHLETE
1. Train smart.
What makes your training smart = you push yourself (overload principle) but not past the point of no return. You're training smart when you work your body systems in the manner in which your sport demands (specificity). Your training is smart when you cycle your training from low to high performance levels (periodization), allowing your body a break without losing your fitness.
2. Train WHOLE.
Fitness is broken down into five components:
- Muscular Strength
- Muscular Endurance
- Cardiorespiratory Endurance
- Body Composition
You cannot rule out working on your flexibility. I know, it's tough. You NEED to lift weights. It TAKES TIME, I *know*! Your core should be a wrecking machine, and YES, it takes TIME. But if you train all of your parts to be part of a finely-tuned machine, then you are officially rocking your athleticism.
Athletes don't "diet". They fuel up. Odds are, if you're any kind of athlete, your training and performance will be affected immensely by what you nom on. That means it can go both ways ---- ! If you put junk in the tank, you'll have junk training. If you put quality fuel in the tank, then your body will respond in a positive manner, as if it were thanking you.
Getting those greens and veggies on your plate, nibbling on that fruit, chomping on that BROtein and including dairy where you can (if you can, CalciYUM) will help you build your fortress of awesome.
4. Rest smart.
Fact: You can't push your body overtime for too long. Just like in a race, at some point, you're going to crash if you're going out way too hard.
Athletes need premium sleep to keep the motor running.
*TIP* Give yourself AT LEAST one FULL rest day from all exercise activities. Your body will love you for it, and will obey you when you want it to go crazy on performance.
*ANOTHER TIP* Shut down the screen. Go read a book for at least 15 minutes before hitting the sheets, rather than staring at your phone.
*WANT ANOTHER ONE?* Make your bedroom your DREAM room. Don't scrimp on the things where your body rests for a good chunk of the day. Major point: A quality mattress.
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5. Believe in yourself.
Without your confidence, your smile, your determination and your love for yourself, you are nothing. Those things may come with time, if you're just starting out there, my gorgeous friend. But you'll reach Athlete Awesomeness when you give it your all...
Have a terrific weekend, friend. You rock my World.<3
What's going on this weekend?!
Is your long run on Saturday or Sunday? How far are you going?
(I have to live vicariously through most of you for now.)
Have any tips on how to be an ATHLETE? Please share!