Increasing your athletic performance takes some effort, however, you don’t have to hire an expensive coach or add high-tech gadgets. In fact, adjusting your daily routine, technique or nutrition intake can make a big difference. Sometimes it’s the little things that matter. Let’s take a look at 3 ways you can boost your athletic performance.
1. Consistency: Just like almost anything in life, it takes consistency to become good or great at anything. If you want to improve your cycling, running, or swimming performance, consistency will help you make an enormous jump in performance. In my experience consistency means 5-6 days a week focusing on your workouts. Anything more, you're not resting enough. Anything less you may not see the desired gain.
2. Technique: When it comes to cycling, running, and swimming your technique can make a big difference in comfort and power output. In cycling, a little known pedaling technique that will enhance your climbing is pulling UP with your quad muscles. It’s a technique that takes a lot of practice to become proficient, however, the per pedal stroke power gains and efficiency are dramatic (15%+ increase in power).
3. Nutrition: There’s an old saying, “You are what you eat.” I understand you’ve heard this before from a number of different sources, but it’s true. What you feed your body is important. Think of food as fuel. What are you fueling your body? What do you normally eat from morning to night? My general advice is to get back to eating real food. Food that grows, food you have to cook and prepare. Get back to eating fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, and beans, etc.
Anything that is prepackaged is probably infused with all sorts of preservatives or chemically made sugars. These are hard on your stomach and don’t offer the nutrition value that an athlete needs as fuel.
Think of food as fuel.
How will you change your routine to improve athletic performance?
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