Written by Sarah Loogman
How you do anything is how you’ll do everything. The approach we take to improving our fitness and lifestyle of health is usually mirror to how we relate to the story of success in our everyday life. Follow some of these simple habits to succeed not only in your fitness routine, but in your other pursuits as well:
Listen to the warning signs. Pain is usually a signal of the body telling you that something isn’t functioning properly. Attempts to ignore these cues often lead to compensations which eventually lead to injury of one form or another. If your shoulder hurts, stop doing what is hurting you and take the responsibility to pursue healthier function. This can be especially difficult to ask of competitive individuals, however, the long term value is far greater when you manage your health first.
Put away distractions. Put your phone away while you’re training, put it away when it’s time to sleep, and stop mindlessly scrolling through social media. The benefits of technology offer us many privileges, yet can also serve as a great distraction from real tasks. What habits or relationships might be pulling you away from bigger goals?
Learn from mistakes. Your performance within the walls of your gym are for training both of mind and body. Feeling disappointed after any workout should only mean that you failed to learn the lesson. There will be many ways we can fail a snatch and there will be times we do worse on a benchmark, but there’s a lesson about challenge to be learned in each of those moments.
Create daily habits. As an athlete, routine is key – regular sleep, good nutrition, and recovery practices. Creating habits provides a framework of success-driven non-negotiables that allow you to focus on the task. If you have a nutritious meal planned and prep, you won’t be tempted to make an unhealthy choice in eating out later on. In the same way, setting any number of other habits helps you set an intention to what you are practicing.
Try new things. Just as we have to vary our fitness exercises to keep our “gains” or athletic growth, so should we vary in other areas of our life as well. Get out of your comfort zone! Learning how to paint, using creative talent or learning to play a new sport can all contribute to understanding better how to adapt to change.