Whether you’re a pro athlete, lawyer, doctor, or office jockey, we all can struggle trying to be fit and healthy. Even with my level of experience, I need to work hard and stay dedicated to my routine to get the results I want. But at the end of the day, reaching your fitness goals comes down to a few things – desire, sacrifice, nutrition and smart training. Sound easy? It’s not. But sometimes the hardest things in life are the most worthwhile. To make your journey a little easier, check out these 5 tips to be fit and stay in shape like an NFL player.
5 Ways to Be Fit Like an NFL Player
Tip #1: Identify your Fitness Goals and Stick to Them
Staying fit and staying in shape are similar goals that can usually be targeted by the same exercises. Cardio, for example, is very important for athletes, but can also help people with normal fitness goals to regulate their blood pressure and fight obesity. I need to work out like crazy to do well at my job, but I know that it’s not always easy to show up with the energy and dedication you need to get the most out of your workout.
But even if your fitness goals aren’t as demanding as mine, you can operate at the level of an NFL star if you’re competitive with yourself and commit to your workout. Just remember that your exercise routine depends on your particular needs and abilities.
Tip #2: Be a Team Player
Your team is always counting on you. My team is the Arizona Cardinals – yours could be your coworkers, the guys on your basketball team, or your family. We all have people who depend on us, both in our careers and our personal lives. You should make your best effort to be fit and stay healthy, for your sake and theirs. You’re responsible for your own life, so try to think of how your choices affect those around you as you pursue your goals.
Tip #3: Know the Difference between Hunger and “Appetite”
When it comes to food and nutrition, I tend to focus on portions. I can eat my fair share (which you should, if you’re training hard), but I also listen to my body to determine when I’m hungry. I eat because I’m hungry and need fuel for