For me, thinking like an athlete is about being focused on your goals. As well as being a former professional sprinter, I’m from a family of athletes, and I married an athlete, so I know a little something about what makes athletes tick.
Athletes think differently. By focusing on the end result, I think athletes are better able to prioritize and we really can apply that focus in every part of our lives. Whether we’re preparing for a training session, thinking about food and how to refuel our bodies, or planning a fun and relaxing outing, we’re thinking about what we want to achieve.
I think this approach can be helpful for everyone, in all walks of life. Try thinking about what you want to achieve and you may be able to think past all the other chatter that your brain is always throwing at you.
For instance, when you’re heading to the gym are you already thinking about what you’ll be doing later? Is the gym something you want to get over and done with? Perhaps you’re even one of the many who dread going to the gym and try any number of avoidance tactics?
I understand. Believe me, there are days when I’ve wanted to skip the gym, curl up on the sofa and eat cookies. Nowadays, when that happens I make a promise to myself if I still want to do that after I’ve worked out then I’ll let myself. The thing is, in the back of my brain, I know that I won’t want to.
By deciding to think like an athlete, I can make a work out more fun and less of a drain. Rather than counting the minutes until I can stop, I think about how my body is improving with each thing I do. I think about the positives: how I look, how I feel and how much happier I am when I’m active.
It’s the same with meal times. As an athlete I think about my long-term goals rather than focusing on short-term treats. While I believe in rewards and know we can’t all be virtuous all the time, I also know that if I want to feel good then I need to eat healthy, balanced meals.
For an athlete the end goal is always the primary focus.
This way of thinking has worked for me at every stage of my life and I’ve never looked back. I continue to think like an athlete even though my competitive days are behind me. I feel that having a plan and a definite direction keeps me positively moving toward self-improvement.
Try thinking like an athlete in every part of your life for just one week and see what a difference it can make.
Here are the essential tools you'll need to have for working out to the Herbalife24FIT DVD program.
A Towel - the further you get into the program, the more you're going to sweat.
Water - always have a bottle of water handy and take sips as necessary before, during and after your workout. Consider adding Herbalife 24 Hydrate to your water, as it will help replace the electrolytes you lose when you sweat.
Resistance bands - these are an essential tool for many of the exercises within the Herbalife24FIT program. Use them whenever directed to do so by your Coaches (Samantha Claytonand Tom Holland).
Light Dumbbells - we recommend keeping 2-5lb weights nearby during Phase 1 and for all floor exercises. You can use up to 10lb weights (depending on your level of fitness) during Phases 2 and 3 for standing exercises.
Ankle Weights - for added difficulty, advanced athletes may want to wear light 1-5lb ankle weights during floor exercises when instructed. Don't use ankle weights during any standing exercises or metabolic workouts.
If you don't already own these fitness program tools - they can be purchased at most Sporting Goods Stores.
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Why choose Herbalife24FIT as your home workout program, here's more reasons:
You will be less likely to quit Herbalife24FIT once you get started because it follows scientific training principles. Originally created for professional athletes, the program progresses your fitness naturally, so that you not only keep going, but never want to stop!
It is designed to protect your body from injury. Herbalife24FIT is a program of handpicked exercises proven to make your body more resilient to injury. It also includes built-in rest days to allow for recovery and make your body stronger.
Herbalife24FIT trains your body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for more efficient energy usage.It makes you a "better butter burner."
Samantha Clayton is an Olympic athlete, personal trainer, fitness model, track coach, TV spokesperson, wife and mother. She was born in Liverpool in the U.K. and is the lead instructor in the NEW Herbalife24FIT dvd series.
Samantha is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Coach through American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA) and ACE. She also is very well known in the world of fitness and trains other athletes and celebrities.
Having competed for Birchfield Harriers in Birmingham for 6 years, her breakthrough came in 2000 when she represented the U.K. as a sprinter in the 2000 Sydney Olympics in both the 200m race and the 4×100 meter relay.
Prior to the Olympics, she won two medals in the Olympics AAA trials – a silver medal for the 200m and a bronze for the 100m – as well as a silver medal in the 4x100m relay during the European Junior Championships. Her personal records include an 11.40 in the 100m and 23.02 in the 200m.
Samantha’s sporting experience and bubbly personality creates a motivational platform for many people to kick start their own road to fitness and that was why she was chosen for the Herbalife24 FIT dvd series.