How to listen to your body like an Athlete
The Concept of the Brotherhood Training Club, was to bring together like-minded guys to train like athletes.It was important to not focus at all on training for aesthetic purposes. The Brotherhood Training Club is solely for those who want to develop, train and embody traits of athletes. So programs have been created with this purpose in mind.
The development of a community was also imperative, as we all need a support network in place to keep us motivated to keep pushing forwards and to surpass any barriers to our collective success. This all happens in our Closed Facebook Group, where Brothers report in on their sessions and reach out to others for any help/guidance. Positive vibes is where it’s at.
We’re going to give you 4 tips that you can begin to action today, to ensure that you are continually performing to your potential.
1. Increase your protein intake
Protein is the most important macronutrient. The protein narrative is focused on its need in building and preserving muscle mass. Sure that’s great. A far more important and unsexy narrative, is the role protein plays in
- ensuring enzymes are functioning
- ensuring hormones and neurotransmitters are functioning
- ensuring antibodies and so your immune system is functioning
Basically, protein is important for optimal physiological functioning. Given that protein cannot be stored, it must be in constant supply. How can you ensure this? By making sure your prioritising eating protein in every meal
2. Eat minimally processed and highly nutritious food
Your body craves nutrients. Vitamins, Minerals, Phytonutrients and Zoochemicals. These are substances have a profound effect on how we feel and perform. Athletes ensure that they are taking in the vitamins and minerals needed to ensure they can get the energy needed from their food, whilst ensuring they are able to focus and perform to a level needed where they are able to overcome daily challenges. You won’t get this from a croissant and a vanilla latte on a daily basis. Start to eat a variety of fruit, vegetables and nuts in every meal.
3. Swap caffeine with rest
Hold up! We’re not saying you should give up coffee! However, given its effects in masking fatigue, it may be worth seeing how you feel after a rest. Too much caffeine may also be preventing you from getting the quality sleep needed to ensure your brain and body are fully regenerated after a stressful day. If you know you drink too much caffeine, start to cut back. Begin to prioritise rest over stimulation.
4. Do the right exercise
We often see posts about people not regretting workouts and how great they are. Sure. But sometimes, if we’re highly stressed or highly fatigued, we may be doing ourselves a disservice. The body doesn’t discriminate between mental and physical stress. If you’re highly stressed and you go and perform a HIIT session, you are compounding the stress you’re experiencing further. The result? You’re body stays in breakdown mode. You feel exhausted, your immune system is compromised and you’re at risk of burning out. Not to mention the fact that you’re likely to be risking injury in your workout, as you’re less likely to move optimally when performing high intensity exercise. In scenarios of high stress, it may be better for you to go for a walk or do something like yoga. Don’t be afraid to not stick to your program.
To conclude, you need to learn how best to move, nourish and regenerate between. You will begin to realise how it feels to be healthy and in doing so, become highly in tune with your bodies signals. Don’t ignore them. Act on them. This is how athletes keep performing to take themselves to the next level and beyond. You can too.
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