1. VISUALIZE THE BODY YOU WANT BY USING YOUR INNER POWER
Many professional athletes practice visualization, which means picturing themselves going through the motions to achieve a certain goal-complete with sounds, colors, tastes and smells – and have seen it pay off big time. It really works. What you can conceive in your soul and create in your mind, you WILL EXPERIENCE with your body! During my 10 years as a professional athlete, I spent 10 minutes a day visualizing my body the way I wanted it to look and feel, the result that I mentally conceived in the visualization was experienced in my training sessions, making them tremendously intense and effective . Now, whenever I work out, I close my eyes and visualize whatever I wish to accomplish in my workouts.
"As I use my inner power to visualize my outer looks, I create the perfect environment to materialize the image of the body I want."
2. SET REALISTIC GOALS
You are not likely to hear some rookie say he plans to win the Olympia championship when they finished in last place the year before and he has yet to get off the bench. In other words, most professional athletes set realistic goals. So face it: You are not going to lose 30 pounds by your 10-year class reunion next weekend. (A more realistic goal is approximately two pounds per week.) Focus on taking one baby step at a time, keeping your ultimate goal in mind. It will be all the more rewarding when you finally get there!
3. FIND A WORKOUT THAT WORKS FOR YOU
My challenge after retirement was to maintain the weight and body fat composition I had achieved as an elite athlete. No easy task when you're working a full-time job, right? Because keeping in shape also means aerobic activities, my body was used to fast, quick, blood flow – something pedaling on the stationary bike or walking / running on a treadmill could not match. But then I came to believe that a simple pair of dumbbells could do wonders. When time is an issue (and when is not it?), You need to focus on finding workouts that give you the largest bang for the buck.
4. CHECK YOUR FUEL GAUGE
While you've never put sugar in your gas tank, many of us put junk into our bodies on a regular basis and then wonder why we do not have the energy to get through the day. While training for the World Championships, I made myself eat healthfully because it was very obvious that my physical and my mental shape depended upon it. After I retired, however, I developed a weakness for junk food, despite the fact that it made me feel sluggish. Then my yogi master reminded me that I'd only been addressing half of my fitness dilemma. Beside focusing on exercise, I also needed to eat more wisely. Now I give in to my junk food cravings only one day a week, … Read More