Most of us see in the New Year with beverage or two and the equivalent number of new goals to tick off. And that surge of motivation is great but if you don’t channel it, it can lead to much frustration and broken dreams. Unfortunately we get to see plenty of resolutions-gone-wrong around February/March every year. So from our experience, here are our top tips on how to use your NY motivation to nail your goals and much much more!
We’ve broken this down into age brackets, as most advice is fairly specific to different situations.
You’ve just gone through a big growth spurt so different aspects of your biomechanics can adapt at different rates. The standard training model usually addresses each aspect equally, so your weakest link in the chain may fall further behind.
A single deficit in any aspect of your biomechanics can lead to loss of performance, injury and much frustration. Know how to target that deficit and the results of your training are amplified.
It’s the golden years of athletic achievements, and that can have it’s own pitfalls. Your new motivation can get you training 7 days a week. But motivation doesn’t change physiology. Your body needs time and resources to adapt. And no amount of enthusiasm can change that.
Even the best athletes get time off serious training. That’s not couch time, it’s time away from the grind – time for some cross-training and a sports massage. And while your body’s rebuilding, give it the best bricks possible with Sports Dietetics advice. Because sometimes “eating clean” may be limiting some aspects of nutrition that’ll compromise your recovery/rebuilding.
With age you gain experience and wisdom but the trade-off is a decline in your rate of recovery. This applies to big night’s out as much as it does to any sporting pursuits. At 18, you can lose an arm and it grows back overnight. At 35, yesterday’s niggle becomes today’s injury and tomorrow’s show stopper.
The good news is that recent research on strength training shows numerous other benefits (more than improved function and appearance) including cardiac and bone health. And it doesn’t look like the strength training of old; train smarter for better results, whether it’s in our gym, your gym or your living room.