No matter what you're training for, there's a lot you can learn from both the successes and failures of other athletes as you try to be the best version of yourself. We've identified 5 of the most common mistakes athletes make during their training so that you can avoid them and start training smarter.
1. Thinking More is Always Better
While common sense seems to suggest the more you train the better you will become, this is not always the case. Having built in off days and a training program that has proper progression is key to avoid overtraining.
2. Ignoring the Importance of Good Nutrition
While it can be tempting to think you can eat whatever you want because you are burning tons of calories training. What you put into your body is the fuel for your workouts and can either prevent or promote inflammation. Having plant based anti-inflammatory diet will take your training to the next level.
3. Not Having a Plan
As the saying goes, “a goal without a plan is just a wish”. Having a training plan makes sure that you are progressing toward your goals.
4. Training the Body but Forgetting the Mind
Athletes get so focused on training their body to be in peak performance they forget about the thing that controls it all-the brain. There are many ways to train the brain some athletes watch film, others meditate, still other do brain games like brain HQ.
Find whatever it is that works for you, but do not neglect this important aspect of training.5.
5. Not Valuing Recovery
Many athletes think that once they complete their workout their work is done, but the post-workout window is the most important time for recovery. A good idea is to use a pliability foam roller to help flush out lactic acid and aid in recovery following a workout.