The preseason is a time when athletes often look to gain recognition from coaches and prove to everyone including themselves that they have what it takes. Often athletes increase their hours on the field as well as time in the gym. One area that many athletes overlook is how to get their mind ready for the season. Below are some tips:
The Secret to Refocusing
Mental training and sports nutrition go hand in hand. The foods that we eat greatly impact how our body will function. Research shows that when we eat foods rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats, what we are really doing is ensuring that the body is working at its best. The brain is similar to our working muscles in that both require fuel mainly from glucose to perform optimally.
In this article I want to share a few of the best athlete documentaries that allow the viewer to see and feel how mentally tough a successful professional athlete must be in order to make it. One of the biggest set backs of many athletes is their ability to stop pushing for more and start making excuses for their lack of progress. After watching these two documentaries I hope that at least some of the athletes and their support team will have a new and more positive perspective on training and what it takes to reach their own goals.
For athletes to be successful at the highest level it is critical that they fulfill 3 of the bottom areas discussed below. Some athletes may be stronger in one or two of the areas where some athletes may only dedicate most of their mental game to one. Below, I explain how each area relates to peak performance.