Now that the holidays are well and truly over, it is time to get back into shape and prepare for the new race season. A good number of athletes spend their winter training, but the majority of them do not even have a direction or a plan.
Here is a short list of the things that you might want to keep in mind. These points are easy to remember and can help you whip yourself back into shape and get ready for your upcoming race.
1. Make a plan!
The best thing that you can do in order to get yourself back on track is to have a plan. You can make your own plan, copy a plan from a magazine, download a plan from the internet or have a friend help out. It does not matter, as long as you have a plan, because this will help you commit.
Moreover, writing your plan down and letting your friends know will help reinforce your initial commitment to your plan.
2. Stick to realistic goals!
Unrealistic goals are the danger to your commitment. These kinds of goals can leave you frustrated, especially if you fail to attain it in a specific time frame. Therefore, if your average training hours are only five a week, then it’s best that you do not consider 20 hours worth of training as your goal, because this is obviously unrealistic.
Setting realistic goals will allow you to progress gradually, creating momentum as you fulfil one goal after another. Thus, save yourself from disappointment and set attainable goals.
3. Incorporate weight training!
The holidays must have had some effect on your weight and the best way to burn those calories off is by incorporating weight training in your training program. Weight training does more than strengthen your body and prevent injury. In fact, it also speeds up your metabolism, which is an excellent way to drop those holiday pounds.
You may want to start slow especially if you it has been months since you weight trained. You can start with leg squats, standing squats, step-ups, lunges, side lunges, push-ups and many more. Use your creativity and be resourceful and you can weight train even when you are not in the gym.
4. Train with a partner!
The more the merrier, so they say. Training alone can be boring and you may find it harder and harder to wake up early the morning to swim, run or ride your bike. Knowing that you need to show up because the rest of the group is waiting for you is a good motivation.
This is also a great way to challenge yourself and push your limits. Finding people who are willing to train with you is not very hard because a good number of athletes prefer to train in groups rather than individually. Being aware that your group mates are awake at 7am to swim is enough reason to get you out of your bed!
5. Work on flexibility!
To improve flexibility you might want to consider other workouts apart from aerobic exercises. One of the best workouts that can help you become more flexible is yoga. Moreover, yoga does not only focus on flexibility but it also helps improve your recovery from strenuous activities and it helps lengthen your muscles.
Aside from that, it also helps you relax so you get sleep more deeply at night when you rest. Also you get to avoid injuries because yoga helps keep your muscles supple and pliable.
These tips do not just help you get back on track but you can also use these to train all year long!