Many factors can influence an athlete’s performance. Whether you’re an amateur athlete, or just a sports enthusiast, take a look at these five ways to train and prepare your body for any competition. Get ready to win that medal!
1. Prepare your mind
Before you even begin to prepare your body, you need to make sure your mind is ready. Body and mind must be in sync for a winning performance, requiring clarity of thought and the requisite concentration and focus to see a challenge through.
Consider taking a multivitamin containing vitamins C and E, which are sources of antioxidants as they help contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. Vitamin B5 is also important, as it helps contributes to mental performance. Select a supplement with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which contribute to the maintenance of normal brain function & vision.*
* The beneficial effect of DHA is obtained with a daily intake of 250mg of DHA.
2. Push your body
If you’re planning on being a winner, you’ll need to train hard and be willing to give everything your body has – and more.
Swisse ambassador and former World number one tennis pro Lleyton Hewitt knows exactly what that feels like. “For years I’ve put my body under the ultimate test, I rely on Swisse to help me maintain my energy levels on the court,” he says.
Think about what you need to do to push yourself towards your goal. Drawing up a training schedule may help, or consider enlisting a coach you admire. Training groups can also be helpful if you all have the same goals and level of commitment.
3. Stay hydrated
In order to function, your body must remain hydrated. When you’re pushing your body to its limit, the need for hydration increases, with the risks of not drinking enough being extremely dangerous.
4. Fuel your body
To get the best out of your body, you have to put the best in. In preparation for a match, your body requires the right balance of carbohydrates and proteins. Vitamins and minerals are also necessary to support your body’s energy production & release.**
For example, calcium, vitamin D and K contribute to bone health, for those always on the go.*** Iron can also help energy levels, as it contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Using a supplement will help you to ingest the necessary volume of all of these vitamins and minerals quickly and easily.
**Vitamins B1,B2, B3, B5, B6, biotin, vitamin C, magnesium and iron contribute to normal energy production and release.
***Calcium and vitamins D3 & K support the maintenance of normal bones.
5. Rest and relax
Allowing your body time to recover from strain is crucial when leading up to a competition. Some stress can be productive, but too much can lead to injury or burnout. Give yourself permission to stop and prepare for the next round of challenges.
Resting and sleeping well will also give you your stamina and vitality back, allowing you to focus more clearly when it’s time to get going again.
Preparing for a sporting competition requires everything you have. You need to be physically, mentally and emotionally ready and that takes effort. So train hard, nourish your mind and body and the competition will be yours for the taking.