Top 10 Habits of Olympians

11 Jul
English: U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps shows off...

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10. They want to win.

Wanting to do better and pushing yourself is the goal here. By reaching for more the likelihood of improvement increases. To me, that’s a win!

 9. They get enough rest and sleep.

Resting after workouts helps build muscle and endurance. Getting enough shut-eye at night is important for peak daily performance, and researchers have noted that lack of sleep throws off certain hormones in your body that can lead to weight gain. Beijing Olympian Ryan Hall says it was lack of proper rest that cost him a better marathon performance in 2008.

 8. They lose the distractions.

I admit I am thoroughly guilty of using my iPod to motivate my workouts. Olympians are different. When you push to the wall you can’t afford such distractions. You need to be in an “associative state” where you are closely in tune with your body. You have to embrace that pain, then find and test your limits. Your limits are not found on an elliptical trainer while watching Jerry Springer. They’re found charging up a hill with lungs burning like they’re being sandpapered. Lose the tunes and chase the feeling of breathing in fire ants.

7. They use the right gear.

You can ski better on top-notch equipment and ride faster on a carbon-fiber road bike. Properly fitted running shoes enhance comfort and performance, and high-quality gym wear looks and feels better that some paint-stained T-shirt. Make this investment in yourself and your guaranteed a positive ROI.

6. They get professional help.

Coaching makes all the difference for a champion. To get the best results and avoid injury, you need to seek advice from the pros.

5. They view food as fuel.

There are two types of motivations for eating: hedonic and homeostatic. Hedonic means you eat for pleasure, and homeostatic mean you eat to meet your body’s energy requirements. Guess which one Olympians follow?

4. They track their progress.

Charting your progress is a powerful motivational tool. Not only can you see how much you’ve accomplished but you also gain insight into what methods work for you and where you need to improve.

3. They don’t let injury derail them.

There are a myriad of examples of Olympians suffering devastating sports injuries and coming back to win more medals, so don’t let your “owies” derail you into becoming a couch potato. The answer to your pain and suffering is not to be found on the couch, but by intelligently taking action.

2. Set ambitious goals.

Olympians want to be the best in the world at what they do. And when they accomplish that, they want to be even better. Swimmer Michael Phelps won six gold medals and two bronze in Athens in 2004. Most athletes would have been happy with even one medal but Phelps wasn’t satisfied and in 2008 he decided he could do better. In Beijing, he won an unbelievable eight gold. In 2012, he’s easing off a little, and won’t be competing in eight events, but don’t be surprised if still he captures several gold medals this summer in London.

1. Love your sport.

It’s not about finding something that’s the best calorie-burner or muscle-builder, but something that drives you to be your best at. It can almost consume your thoughts with an overriding desire to push toward awesome.



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