How To Become a Better, Stronger, Faster Athlete

Wanna be a better athlete? Here's how to boost your sports performance

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  1. Train Consistently
    • Consistency is the cornerstone of sport success. All elite athletes spent the majority of their training time practicing the same skills over and over again, day in and day out, until they can move, react, and perform nearly effortlessly. There is no shortcut to get to this level. It requires hours of practice, lots of mistakes and failures, and small improvements and adjustments in order to master a new skill or a sport. 
  1. Build a Strong Base
    • A strong base of fitness means that you have a wide range of physical abilities that include strength, endurance, range of motion, and have mastered the general principles of conditioning, including adaptation, overload, progression and then you fine tune and begin a specific conditioning routine for a particular sport. 
  2. Eat Healthy Food
    • Proper nutrition is and overlooked sports performance booster and one of the easiest ways to ensure you fuel your working body well is to focus on quality, real, and nutrient dense foods. 
  3. Push Yourself Occasionally 
    • ​​To improve endurance, strength or power, you'll need to push beyond your comfort zone. This high intensity training is often uncomfortable and may leave you breathless and your muscles burning, but this is precisely how the principle of overload works. Overload refers to the fact that in order to improve our fitness, strength or endurance, we need to increase the workload, and stress on the body, accordingly. 
  1. Recover Adequately
    • Rest goes hand in hand with exercise in order to build fitness. How much recovery time you require depends upon a lot of factors including your fitness level, how hard & long you train, your diet, the quality of your sleep, other life stress, and your own unique personal habits. 
  2. Get Your Head In the Right Space 
    • The psychological aspects of training and competition can get the better of the most physically skilled athlete. Learning to practice techniques and skills related to your mental game is one way to boost your performance in a variety of conditions. Whether you practice mindfulness, visualization, breathing, or mental rehearsal, the benefits of building your mental resilience will carry you well beyond the playing field. 
  1. Breath Deeply
    • Practicing a few breathing exercises can help you breath more deeply during sports as well as during any stressful day you may experience. Like anything, we get better at something the more we practice it, and well practiced skills start to become automatic. Intentionally working on your ability to take in deeper breaths, and fully exhale can improve your ability to stay relaxed and focused before, during and after exercise.
  2. Sleep Well
    • Science is showing some compelling evidence that more sleep helps athletes perform better and recovery faster. If you are skimping on your sleep, this one change could provide dramatic benefits to not just your general health and wellbeing, but your sports performance as well. 
  3. Listen To Your Body
    • Understanding the difference between the sensation of pain and the sensation of discomfort is necessary in order to push yourself hard enough to improve, but not so hard that you get injured. 
  4. Have Fun
    • One thing the majority of successful athletes have in common in a genuine love of the sport. Winning is nice, but it's never guaranteed, and working out for endless hours when you don't enjoy the process is, ultimately, wasted time  that you could have used doing something you truly love. So if you are going to training, sweat, toil and practice endless drills over and over again, make sure you enjoy what you are doing far more than you dread it. This doesn't mean you will enjoy ever single minute of the process, but if you don't enjoy any of it, consider taking up another hobby that you do enjoy. If you like what you are doing, odds are you will get better at it just by consistent practice. 

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