Are you a sports fan?
A common statement you will hear from almost all athletes is that every time they move to the next level of their sport (Youth, High School, College or Professional) the game, at least in the beginning, is a lot faster than they are used to.
Their competition is bigger, faster, stronger and more talented and it takes a while for them to adjust to the speed of the game. Eventually, you will hear statements like “the game is beginning to slow down.” Typically this will be from an athlete who has worked hard and has improved to a level that matches the abilities and conditioning of their opponents.
Let’s get two things clear:
1. Even if you have never played an organized sport, you are an athlete. You are traversing different types of landscape, hanging stands, scouting properties, drawing bows and hopefully, packing out game. All of these require athletic moves and conditioning.
2. Trying to make a lifestyle change where you are incorporating exercise, nutrition, recovery, stress management and still live your life can be massively overwhelming.
In your current level in the game of life, the game is probably slow enough for you to manage, meaning that you can handle work, getting the kids to soccer practice, mowing the yard or doing the laundry. Now, add in a lifestyle change such as the implementation of an exercise plan or an improvement in nutrition and things speed up; in a hurry!
This is because you have added components into your everyday life that will alter your daily patterns and force you to adjust what and how you go about your business. Most of us can handle all of these newfound additions for a week to two weeks but once a barrier or two hits, you get a few nights of very little sleep or the initial excitement that you are doing something to change your health or physique wanes, you quit. Just like an athlete who couldn’t adjust to the speed of the game. So what now?
Slow the game down.
Know your role:
On a team, it is important that everyone knows their role. If you are a one-person team
clearly define your goals (your why) so that as your coach develops your program it will align perfectly with your objectives. If you do not have a coach, we would love to work with you!
Know the playbook:
It is hard to perform well on the field if you do not know the plays. It is even harder to be successful in your program and achieve your goals if you do not understand the program. If you have questions, ask your coach!
Master the plays one play at a time:
Depending on where you are in your fitness journey, you may have a very lengthy playbook. Nevertheless, to avoid becoming overwhelmed master your strategies before
adding more. If you aren’t good at one play it is highly likely you will become better by adding more things. Get good at the simple stuff first then progress to harder strategies.
Practice makes perfect:
If you want the game to slow down you have to practice. What you are doing in your fitness/nutrition journey on a daily basis is practicing. I have heard it said that if you do anything for 10,000 hours you will become an expert. I don’t know if that is true but what I can say is the more you practice the better you will perform.
If you want to become a better archer you have to shoot your bow.
The more you practice the better you will get.
The same goes for exercise and nutrition.
Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t the best in the beginning.
We all struggle but those who persevere and refuse
to give up often times wins the game.
We would be honored to help you on your journey!
Contributions made by Fit2Hunt Staff!