What do you consider training?
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50 Arch-upsAs an athlete, what does being in training mean to you? Are you in training only when you are working out? Or is being in training a whole practice? When you are working for results, there are a lot of things that you want to consider as a part of your training.
Right off the bat are the easy ones – nutrition and mobilization. If you really want your results, you can’t ignore what you put in as fuel and you definitely don’t want to ignore the parts of you that don’t move as well as they should. You should have a plan for these as much as you want to have a plan for your workouts — goals, schedules, etc. Less obvious might be rest. Some might consider rest as not training. When you are looking out over the long term, taking time off is an integral part of training. We are all accustomed to weekly cycles of workout and rest, but as an athlete, I make sure to take time off from working out for 2 weeks at least once, if not twice a year. This is part of the training. If you ever find yourself consistently performing below what you consider to be normal for you, it may be time to take a rest — as a part of the training.
The benefit to treating all of these aspects as training is that you will actually be present to it when you might normally not be. What can you take on when you rest? What kind of restorative practices? Yoga, hiking, staying well hydrated, getting treated for persistent or nagging injuries or pain, keeping your nutrition dialed in. Don’t think of not working out as being “off the bandwagon.” Take on your whole life as being in training and see what kind of results you get.
What do you include in your training that is not working out?