Habits of the Beasts: Things Champions Do for Greatness

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It takes more than just stamina to keep going. It takes understanding oneself and creatively finding ways to explore innate potential beyond physical limitations.

Physical performance is a blanket term that denotes an individual’s cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength or athletic abilities, and physical endurance. Regular physical activity is essential for a person’s overall health, but you’ll need more than that to get to the very top. 

Posture! Posture! Posture!

For better sports performance, the key is regular training to improve sustainably, whether in endurance or muscle strength. Also, at the time of training, the athlete must be aware of posture to avoid putting too much pressure on their musculoskeletal structure, contributing to severe pain. 

Postural problems often emerge when people are not mindful of their bodies during a workout or sporting event. Wrongfully manipulating the body yields painful and unpleasant results.

Diet; eat right

A balanced diet is essential for good athletic performance. Indeed, it has been proven that no matter how regularly an individual exercises, if they have bad dieting habits, they will not be able to reach their best level of performance.

The athlete needs to have the right diet that provides them with sufficient calories, vitamins, minerals, and proteins. The amount of calories required by an individual depends on their age, sex, size, and the intensity of their workouts and sports exercises. 

In general, slow sugars (pasta, brown rice, wholemeal bread, etc.) and foods containing protein are recommended to improve performance. They help with endurance.

Sophrology, a concept that’s largely picking up

Sophrology is an integrated method that focuses on relaxation, the physical and mental well-being of athletes and fitness enthusiasts. It can calm stress and feelings of anxiety before competitions and help them work on their concentration and body awareness. 

This concept is largely picking up, as evidenced by the recent NBA suspension drug testing for THC. Now, NBA players may be able to leverage cannabis for stress reduction following training and pain management. Professors will be lecturing on this.

Massaging and stressing go a long way.

The technical term is osteopathy. The simple explanation is a practice that consists of massaging, stretching, and moving the joints, bones, muscles, and tissues to restore the structural balance of the body.

Osteopathy also restores natural balance and alignment of bodily systems and functions to relieve physical pains following training or sporting action. In the case of athletes, this practice can be beneficial to soothe existing pains and keep the body in good shape to deliver superbly and superiorly next time.

By learning osteopathy concepts, athletes may restore body balance, and improve joint mobility and reduce tissue restrictions. That means better strength, better flexibility, and a responsive body that feels like a brand spanking new German car—powerful and speedy. This is athletic performance in the most practical sense.

Electrical stimulation as in physiotherapy:

This therapy specializes in sport and physical fitness and focuses on problems related to the musculoskeletal system. It can help you improve mobility, restore body function, reduce pain and prevent the risk of injury.

Of course, this is a therapy and thus only ideal for individuals who are painfully unable to do this naturally. You can look into this if you are recovering from an injury and wish to achieve more in a short time.

Good old yoga

Yoga is an ancient down-to-earth system of relaxation and physical exercise that focuses on the individual’s physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. The objective of yoga is for the individual to achieve a state of harmony to unlock their flow-state with ease. In the flow-state of things, that’s where the magic happens. 

The practice of yoga helps people relax and allows them to strengthen their muscles and improve their flexibility.

In a nutshell, to be great, eat right, relax, exercise, and be mindful.