The Foundation of the Lifetime Athlete
Athletes are not only physically fit but mentally strong too. They have a positive attitude towards life which makes them happy. A lifetime athlete will always keep their body in good condition even after they retire from sport or work.
Their mind will never go down because of injuries or illness. If they do get sick, it won’t affect their performance at all since they’ve been trained to handle it so well. Athletes have a higher tolerance for pain than others. They don’t need to take drugs just to perform at their best.
Athletes are very disciplined when it comes to training and competing. They want to win every time they step onto the field or court. They train hard day in and day out with intense focus until they reach their peak performance level, which is why they’re able to compete against other athletes of similar skill levels.
In addition to physical strength, endurance and mental toughness, an athlete must also possess a high level of self-discipline. An athlete needs to set goals and stick to those goals no matter what obstacles may come their way. They need to maintain discipline in order to stay focused during competition.
When it comes time for retirement, they’ll still be able to achieve their goal because they’ve developed a strong sense of motivation and determination that’s beyond most people’s ability.
Athletic training is not limited to just professional or college teams. Indeed, many high schools and colleges across the country have begun to focus more on athletic programs for students of all ages. These programs help improve the students’ fitness and teamwork abilities in a fun and exciting way.
This is a good start on how to become an athlete.
Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
If you have a love of the game go for it.
This is how to be a lifetime athlete. If you follow these guidelines, then you’ll be able to achieve the success you’ve always wanted. Learn as much as you can about the sport and take advantage of the resources that are available.
Before you know it, you’ll be setting records and making history in no time at all!
“If you have a passion for something then pursue it.” – Usain Bolt
Good luck on your athletic endeavors!
Back to the top of the page.
Goals of the Lifetime Athlete
The Goals of the Lifetime Athlete
In today’s world, it seems like everyone is in a rush to get somewhere and that somewhere is usually nowhere. If you want to get somewhere in this world, whether it be athletically or just in life in general, then you need to have goals. Having goals and achieving those goals is what makes us want to succeed.
It’s our motivation to do better than we did last time.
Goals can be anything from “I’m going to make the team” to “I’m going to break a world record”, anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it.
A lot of people have dreams, but few are followed up by action. The main problem is not setting the goal high enough. You see people everyday talking about their dreams, but very few of them are doing something to make it a reality.
If you’re serious about making your athletic dreams come true then you need to set goals and stick with them through thick and thin. I’ve set some goals for myself and I’m sure some of them seem pretty outrageous, but I know if I put my mind to it, then I can do anything.
So, what are some good goals to have?
Lets start at the beginning, the smallest steps towards your goals are the first ones you need to take. The smaller the steps the easier it is to reach the top.
So where should we start?
We need to set some short-term goals and some long-term goals. Short-term goals are things that you want to accomplish in the next year of so. Some examples of good short-term goals are:
-Get a part time job
-Join a intramural league in school
-Start going to the gym 3 times a week
-Sign up for Little League
-Sign up for after school sports
These are just some example of short-term goals. You need to set these goals for yourself and then try your hardest to accomplish them.
Long-term goals are things that you want to achieve in the next few years. Some examples of good long-term goals are:
-Get NCAA Division One scholarship
-Play for the Olympics
-Get drafted in the first round of the NFL draft
Again, these are just some examples. The point is you need to set them and most importantly, you need to write them down. Writing your goals down makes them real.
Its almost like magic, the moment you write something down it becomes true.
Having goals is great and all, but its useless if you don’t have a plan of how to achieve them. So once you’ve written your goals down, you need to figure out what you need to do in order to achieve them. Break each goal down and analyze them.
For example, one of my long-term goals is to play in the NBA. If I write that down, it seems pretty far fetched. However, if I break it down, then it isn’t so bad.
Some examples of what I would need to do are:
-Grow 2-3 more inches
-Work on my handle
-Work on my jump shot
Again, these are just a few things that I would need to do in order to achieve my long-term goal. I would need a lot more, but I think you get the idea.
Now that you have your goals and you know how you’re going to achieve them, you need to set up some action plans. Write down a time table of what you want to accomplish and by when.
If you can, try to break each goal down into monthly or weekly goals. What this does is it takes large goals and makes them more manageable. Now goals don’t seem as impossible and you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment every time you reach one of your goals.
So lets say one of your goals is to get a jump shot by a certain date. What you would do is break that goal down into weekly goals. For example:
-By next week, I will have worked out my right hand until it feels comfortable.
-By next week, I will have worked out my left hand until it feels comfortable.
-By next week, I will make twenty jump shots from each spot (right, left, top of the key, wings).
-By next week, I will be able to make 5 jump shots in a row from anywhere on the court.
Whatever your goals are, you need to write them down and then try to accomplish them. Keep track of what you do. This way, you know where you’re succeeding and where you’re failing.
It also keeps you focused on what’s important.
Sometimes we all have goals that we’re working towards, and as the cliche saying goes: Rome wasn’t built in a day. So don’t get discouraged if you don’t reach your goals right away. Keep at it and stay focused on what’s important and what will achieve your goals.
Thanks for the letter and for asking me to write back!
I hope this letter helps you.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to write back.
Ask a Pro Blogger
I have a confession to make. I think I’m addicted to reading blogs about the side effects of Lipitor. Seriously, I’ve been doing it for years now and I don’t know how to stop.
The worst thing is, the doctors won’t give me Lipitor even though my cholesterol is through the roof!
What’s that all about?
Bored in Boca
You know what they say: If you read the Lipitor label, you’ll start seeing purple rabbits and unicorns. That’s why it’s not available over the counter. Also, if you take it with water, it turns into Viagra.
Thanks for the letter and don’t forget to come back next week!
I feel like I’m in high school all over again. There’s this girl that obviously has a crush on me and I really like her too, but I’m not sure if I should ask her out.
What do you think?
Boy with a Chance
Dear Boy with a Chance,
If you’re asking me, I’d say go for it.
As Nick Carter from the Backstreet Boys says, “when you got nothing to lose, you’ve got nothing to lose.” Of course he’s not exactly the greatest authority figure when it comes to relationships, but still.
I think you should go for it because if you don’t ask her out and then she goes out with someone else, you’ll always wonder “what if?”
Thanks for the letter and keep your head up.
Sources & references used in this article:
Relationship between lifelong exercise volume and coronary atherosclerosis in athletes by VL Aengevaeren, A Mosterd, TL Braber, NHJ Prakken… – Circulation, 2017 – Am Heart Assoc
Long-term athlete development by I Balyi, R Way, C Higgs – 2013 – books.google.com
New records in aerobic power among octogenarian lifelong endurance athletes by S Trappe, E Hayes, A Galpin… – Journal of applied …, 2013 – journals.physiology.org
Coronary atherosclerosis in athletes: exploring the role of sporting discipline by VL Aengevaeren, A Mosterd… – JACC …, 2019 – imaging.onlinejacc.org
Long-term athlete development by S Robertson, R Way – Coaches report, 2005 – ontariosailing.ca