With Tokyo Summer Olympic Games only a few months away, sports enthusiasts all over the world are keenly looking forward to the spirited show put up by athletes from all over the world in each edition of the games.
One particular thing that everyone wonders about is how these athletes work out and keep themselves in top shape?
Well, people competing at Olympic Games are supposed to be the epitomes of athletic perfection. With a large number of fittest athletes participating from all countries, a lot can be expected from 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games too. There are certain Olympic Training Secrets which can be used to boost the fitness program of any average person.
Let’s tell you about some of these strategies below:
1. Get sufficient sleep
Top-level athletes who train day in and day out require at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep each day. You too can focus on the quality of your own sleep, by hitting the sack preferably before 11 PM on a daily basis. Doing this will result in optimal release of the hormones in your body. In addition, avoid using computer, smartphone or TV 30 minutes prior to sleeping and after waking up. Lastly, ensure that your sleeping environment is kept the darkest possible.
2. Train in the morning
Ask any Olympic Athlete and they will swear by the benefits of training early in the mornings. You are far less likely to get distracted if you work out early in the day. Prioritising your fitness routine this way will also make you feel great for the rest of the day as you would gotten the exercise part out of the way, at the earliest.
3. Take care of hydration and diet
To achieve Olympic Level Performance as well as major energy gains, you must ensure that you eat properly. Your breakfast should comprise of lean protein and complex carbohydrates. Make sure that you eat something every 3 to 4 hours, especially within 1 ½ hours of your workouts. You should also consume lots of water, at least half of your body weight in ounces.
4. Prepare yourself mentally
Olympic athletes focus extensively on mental conditioning prior to the day of their event. Some good ways to do this are: read inspirational quotes and books, rehearse and practice meditation. Regardless of what your fitness goal is, such techniques can help you immensely in reaching your target.
5. Never overlook the importance of recovery and warmup
Rest, Recovery and Warm-up are something that are never neglected by Olympic Athletes. You should spend at least 10 to 15 minutes doing dynamic warmup exercises like reverse lunges, skipping etc. to improve your rhythm, coordination and flexibility, after 10 minutes of jump ropes or light jogging at the beginning of your workout session. Post workout, practice recovery techniques such as stretching exercises, massage, foam rolling etc. to put your body into the recovery mode.
6. Invest into a coach
All olympic athletes have dedicated coaches who take care of their specific performance-related and fitness needs. Hiring a certified professional personal trainer can significantly improve your results as she/he will be able to help you implement major changes regarding your motivation, planning and fitness routines.