There is no arguing the fact that athletes lead physically-demanding lives. For those who play sports professionally, many of their waking hours every single day are devoted to maintaining a physical fitness level that is nothing short of miraculous. So what happens when they move out of that lifestyle and into one that is more average?
It is not unusual for athletes to move out of the rigorous schedule of a competitive lifestyle and find that their body, strength and endurance changes dramatically as a result. They may want to stay in shape but find that they no longer have the same amount of time they once did, and they honestly may not know where to start. After all, the physical training demanded by a professional athlete lifestyle is not at all demanded by an “average-Joe” lifestyle. Fortunately, there are some basic things one can do in order to train well as a former athlete:
● Recognize that you are now a former athlete. This does not mean that you need to negate all of your hard work that got you to the point you are at, only that you recognize your physical needs will change with your change of lifestyle.
● Create new physical goals. When you are a professional athlete, your physical goals are usually very specific to the sport you will be playing. However, your goals as a former athlete will likely be different, like maintaining a certain amount of cardiovascular training or losing some fat or weight.
● Train better and more efficiently. Professional athlete training often focuses on working longer and harder, but a former athlete needs to train more efficiently in order to reach their specific physical goals in the time they have.
● Consider joining a training program. Many gyms offer training programs that are designed to help participants reach certain goals. Coaches help to create the workouts and guide individuals through them.
● Find a personal trainer. Personal trainers can be incredibly helpful in assisting with the design of new physical fitness goals and programs that meet your specific needs and desires.
It can take some time and patience to smoothly transition from the workout program necessary for a professional athlete to the workout program necessary as a former athlete. Fortunately, once you recognize that your physical needs will be different based on the changes you have made in your lifestyle, you should be able to transition smoothly into an optimum workout routine.