There are many factors that determine athletic success. While some may be genetic, many are within your control. Whether you're an elite or recreational athlete, there are some basics training guidelines and principles that will help you get the most from your training. These six tips can help you bump up your sports performance.
Building a solid endurance base will help you hold off fatigue and allow you to compete longer and stronger. Even if you are a power athlete, and your sport demands short, high intensity bursts, you need cardiovascular fitness and endurance.
Constantly maintaining your balance and momentum while playing sports is critical to performance and injury prevention. Making core strength a part of your basic training program will help your control your movements and shift your body weight to move in any direction with ease. Whether you play field or court sports, swim, play tennis, golf or do a little bit of everything, be sure to include a core-strengthening workout two to three times per week.
Sports psychologists help athletes get a mental edge by practicing visualization and centering techniques. These techniques allow athletes to to reduce anxiety and stress and redirect focus from any negative, anxiety-causing events to the present task. Elite athletes frequently rely on sport psychology methods, but any athlete can get a performance boost by improving mental fitness.
An injured athlete can't compete effectively. Smart athletes always practice injury prevention. Sports safety means warming up adequately, training effectively, using proper equipment for your sport, getting adequate rest and recognizing and addressing the early warning signs of injury. Following these safe workout tips can reduce your risk of common sports injuries, aches and pains, and help you train more effectively and arrive at the start line prepared to succeed.
Becoming a better athlete requires the right fuel. Unless your workout is less then 20 minutes, you'll want to make sure you plan to rehydrate during your workouts, and be sure to follow the basics of good pre- and post-exercise nutrition.
A smart athlete knows the difference between discomfort and pain. It's critical to listen to your body and don't exercise in pain. Pain is the body's primary warning signal that alerts us to a problem. We need to listen and act on any feelings of pain. Exercise should not cause pain and if it does, you need to back off or stop the activity until the pain stops.