The 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) is back in Malaysia after 16 years! About 4,888 athletes will be travelling to Kuala Lumpur from 11 different countries this month to compete in 39 sporting categories.
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As we eagerly cheer for our national athletes, let’s take a look at some of the healthy habits of elite sportsmen and women, and how we can incorporate it into our daily lives.
Top athletes use a technique that pictures themselves achieving their goals, whether it’s right before competition time or during a training session. Performance is largely mental, so before you deliver that presentation, dedicate some time to visualise exactly how you would like it to go.
2. Proper nutrition before and after training
Athletes know more than anyone that what they put into their bodies to fuel their performance, so fuelling up with whole foods and staying hydrated before, during and after training is vital to their success. As mortals, we can also improve our daily work performance by eating fresh, non-processed foods and avoiding sugar crashes in the day.
Successful sports competitors have a sleep schedule that is consistent. Sleep provides the time and conditions that their bodies need to repair damage to their muscles during training, restore hormonal balances and also allow them to recharge mentally. The same applies to us; and aiming to go to bed and get up at the same time each day facilitates good sleep habits and optimum rest.
It almost goes without saying that top athletes have a very high level of self-discipline. They don’t rely on talent alone, and put in hours and hours of hard training, always pushing themselves to be better. We might not always feel like hitting the gym after a long day at work, but it’s consistency over a long period of time that will get us results.
Everyone, even the most elite athletes make mistakes—and the most successful ones deal with them the right way, by letting go and moving on quickly. The next time you find yourself dwelling on a setback, give yourself a break and try looking past it as rumination will cripple performance and lead to repetition.
With a perfect combination of charismatic beauty, grace and intelligence, Dr Andrea Lim is a firm believer in the values of hard work and dedication. Besides working in her family business, KL Sogo, the medical degree holder is also a partner in her husband’s health and fitness venture, Peak Fitness.
To get in touch with her, please email email@example.com.
Equally important, the habit of getting a good night's sleep.