Everyone has the same 24 hours every day – 1440 minutes in which you can do just about anything. And what you do during that time can have a huge impact on your athletic performance, both positive and negative.
As a developing athlete, you are rightly concerned about getting in your training time. Of course, you need to be training to practice your skills! However, time spent training will likely take up a smaller portion of your overall weekly time than you think. A full-time job, school, commuting places, sleep, cooking, shopping, kids, home responsibilities, perusing the internet … all of these activities take up pieces of your time and not all are negotiable.
The solution? Develop your 24/7 athlete mindset – that everything I do, every choice I make for the next 24 hours is going to help me become a better athlete. Whether that means shutting off the phone to get to bed 15 minutes earlier, organizing your work life so that you can leave on time to get to training, meal planning on the weekend to make dinner simple, making the better nutrition choice – each piece builds towards being a better athlete. Training quality also matters more than training quantity – so make your hours in the gym COUNT!
Take a look at your own weekly schedule! Where can you be a better athlete, inside and outside of the gym?