If you’re training for a competition or event at the minute, then you need to be training to win. Even if you don’t want to win, as long as you’re training with the mindset of winning you’ll do better. It is all about the psychological factors that push you here. A desire to win pushes your training efforts further. There are so many different sporting events happening in the world, and most likely in your local area that you can get involved in. A lot of them are just for fun, a lot of them are competitive. Whichever one you’re attending, here’s how training with the mindset of winning, can actually help you win.
Training is made slightly easier by the end goal on your mind, but actually having the motivation to do it is so hard. If you’ve got a few months to prepare, then taking it slow is key. You don’t want to be pushing your body too hard and losing focus, or causing injury. So, for example, if you’re taking part in a running events, you need to start off by training two times a week, and doing a light jog. Just going straight into a sprint for half an hour is only going to put you off the whole process. This is of course, if you know your stamina is low. If you’ve already got a bit behind you, start by training three times a week doing a 30 minute jog. Over the course of a few weeks you’ll notice your stamina and endurance increase. This is when you can slowly increase the speed you’re running at, and the distance you’re doing. People think it is all about the exercise when training, but diet plays just as an important part. The cleaner you’re eating, the better your body is going to function. Fuel it with lean meats, fruits and veg, and the odd treat or two here and there and you’re onto a winner.
You might not have been nervous for it before, but as soon as you’re on the start line, and you can see so many people around you cheering, the nerves do begin to kick in. One of the main things you need to remember to do on the day is not push yourself. So many people get themselves hurt during sporting events due to not letting their bodies warm up first, or by going in too hard too soon. There will medical transport services on hand if anything does go wrong, but you should be looking to avoid this where possible. If it is a running race, the most common issue people come across is cramping in the legs. Make sure you’re doing a thorough warm up to begin with, coupled with a good round of stretches. Fueling your body with things like bananas beforehand should prevent cramping.
The most important thing you can do afterward is rest and relax. Your body will have been put under pressures that it wasn’t usually used to. A sports massage, a bit of binge eating, and a day or two in bed is exactly what your body is going to need.