Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ramp Up Your Athletic Style With These 4 Gameday Tips

Everybody wants to up their game, beat the competition, and defy all expectations. But while the path to athletic glory may be paved in hard work, here are a handful of tricks that can maximize the gains of your effort --and leave you feeling like a legend-in-the-making while you’re at it.

1. Dress Like an Athlete
People tend to forget that there’s more to athletics than achieving physical perfection, and that the right clothing choices can make or break your game. There are whole sub-fields of science devoted to innovating sportswear, and your next trip to the store should take advantage of what modern technology has to offer.

To dress like an athlete, all you need is to keep an eye out for the gear that brings out the best in your game --forget flash and pomp, a winner is after results more than anything.

Of course, this isn’t to say that you have to break bank or forget style to dress like an all-star. There are cutting-edge brands like Strideline that can blend performance with panache for affordable prices.

2. Identify as an Athlete
Whoever said ball is life was onto something: hanging on to that winning drive means keeping your eyes on the prize at any given moment. This isn’t to say that you have to live, breathe, and think sports --there’s more to life than the game. But the discipline of a champion runs in the background at all times, like an idling Ferrari ready to cruise.

Be proud about your sport without being arrogant, be bold without being brash. Treat every test of your willpower like the start of a training day. And always dress for the occasion!  Heck, go ahead and snag a pair of custom socks if it helps keep your head in the game.

3. Eat Like an Athlete
And no, this isn’t your typical piece of dietary advice. This is a reminder that there’s no quicker way to losing your passion for self-improvement than forcing yourself into eating habits that suck the joy out of life.

Even though the science is imprecise, it’s a given that we need to put some effort into watching what we eat --athletes especially. That’s just the way the world works: junk food leads to junk play. But when it comes to eating habits, half of the battle is in the mind. The logical solution? Put yourself in the mindset of a champion.

Eating like an athlete means treating each meal like a victory lap, and reminding yourself that anything beyond what you need to maintain peak performance could cost you or your team the next victory. Bring the warrior out during meal time as well as game time.

4. Win and Lose Like an Athlete
Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem was right to claim that self-mastery is only possible, “If you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same.”

Extreme highs and lows can throw even the best contenders of the winning rhythm. Every victory comes with the temptation to take future practice lightly, and every loss poses the risk of demoralizing you. Watch out for the way you handle wins and losses, because while the human mind is an athlete’s biggest ally, it can be a liability for those who can’t keep it under control.

The secret to being an athlete is all in the mind, and the modern mind responds well to positive self-encouragement. So to cap everything off, remember: the trick to being an awesome athlete is to feel awesome.


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