How can you expect to reach your highest potential in life if you don’t know what it’s like to feel good in your body?
Whether you played in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS or in another professional league, your body took an absolute beating, likely leaving you with chronic pain and inflammation. Every day you wake up, feeling the aches and pains caused by a long physical career as a professional athlete. As much as you want these specific reminders of your playing days to go away, it won’t be until you decide to show up each day with consistency and focus, taking proper care of your body, that you’ll start to notice the difference.
Feeling good in your body post-sports will be a long and ongoing journey. You’ll have to learn how to fuel your body with proper nutrition, give it the kind of balance between rest and movement, learn when you need to lift and when you need to stretch, find how much sleep you need, and how often you need to get massaged.
The body is amazingly intelligent and communicates exactly what it needs through a variety of signals. But in order to truly understand what it’s trying to communicate, it’s important to find the space to listen. Sadly, most athletes don’t know what it feels like to feel good in their bodies.
It’s all too common for guys who have transitioned out of their sports careers to get comfortable with a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits.
If you take up poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle, the disconnect from your body can also lead to anxiety, depression, and/or stress.
Showing up and wanting to take better care of yourself isn’t for the faint-hearted. It’s hard work and takes dedication. Humans are habitual creatures who need to break deep neurological patterns. That is why starting a new workout regimen or sticking to a diet is so hard for most people. But the support from a community will make the process of changing and improving your health habits so much easier. The accountability that it provides can be invaluable on your journey to transforming your life, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well.
If you’re ready to start making changes today and want to begin the process of feeling good in your body, here are some ideas to add to your daily routine:
Remember, consistency over intensity. Small, consistent changes lead to the biggest results.
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