Your inner athlete isn’t about being the best at your sport, it’s about being the best that you can be. Not everyone, in fact very few, ever become professional body builders, football players, long distance runners or yoga instructor. However, everyone is capable of developing the passion and commitment to be the best athlete they can be.
You need to believe.
Your inner athlete comes out when you have heart. I had a client who brought her daughter to me for private sessions. Her daughter was a high school athlete. She played basketball, volleyball and softball. She didn’t look like a basketball or volleyball player. She was barely over 5 feet tall, but she had passion. She worked hard on every aspect of the game and worked part time to pay for the personal training. She was passed over in middle school for starting line up because of her height, but by the end of the year, her dedication paid off and the coach recognized her talent. By her senior year, she received the MVP for the state tournaments in volleyball, played guard on a championship basketball team and received a scholarship in softball. It all boiled down to belief.
It’s never too late.
Ernestine Shepherd was like many 56 year old women, out of shape and ready to get fit again after seeing herself in the mirror when trying on swimsuits with her sister. So she and her sister started working out together. Ernestine became dedicated to fitness and at the age of 80 (although she looks about 40), she’s the world’s oldest female body builder. She is even a personal trainer. Her schedule isn’t one that most people could follow. She’s up at 3:00 runs 80 miles a week and follows a strict regimen at meals (1,700 calories a day of boiled egg whites, vegetables, chicken and a drink of liquid egg white.) She’s an inspiration and proves that it’s never too late.
Set your goal and see yourself succeeding.
Many people fail to achieve their fitness goal because they can’t see past what is to what can be. Visualizing yourself fit, able to run a mile easily and far thinner than you are today. Keep that thought in mind every time you workout. Follow your workout plan and eat healthy so you can achieve your goals. Once you reach them, set even higher goals.
– Everyone has an inner athlete and an athletic endeavor they want to conquer. Find yours and work toward your goals.
– That same passion for fitness can spread to other areas of your life. You’ll be amazed at the power you have once you learn that nothing is impossible when you believe in yourself.
– Don’t worry if you don’t have the perfect body now, every day you work toward your goal, you’re working toward perfection.
– Find a workout partner who also has found their inner athlete and work together to achieve your goals, providing encouragement along the way.