Visualization is a dress rehearsal before we have to go out and perform! - Scottie
preparing to work
out, we should take some time to consider exactly
what we are going to do. We can't just switch randomly. We can't start
out on a run without
first deciding where and how far we
are going and
how long we want the run to last. If we don't have a plan, we won't make
any progress. I will rehearse in my mind before
I work out today!
I believe people only do their
best at things they truly
enjoy! - Jack Nicklaus
thing is for sure: If it's not fun, we're not going to do it. Because
we have such high expectations, working out
begins to feel more like
job and less like a joy. Sport and exercise should be fun, not torture.
No matter what we do, exercise should challenge us and allow us to have a
time while doing it.
Attitude always plays a role in whether we
have fun or not. I'm committed to exercise and to making
time to you go out there, you can always think of something you could
have done better. These are the things
you must work on! - Dorothy Hamill
can be perfect every time out. We all make mistakes. However we
shouldn't berate ourselves but rethink what we've done
because there is
always something that can be improved.
Reflect and figure out why things
didn't go as planned. The errors of one day become the workout goals
and successes of
will make mistakes but I can use them to improve!
I think the key to life is just to be yourself! - Earl Campbell
may have idols or those we admire
however if we can just be
we stand a much greater chance of reaching our goals. We all have within
us the ability to be competent and successful at any number of
activities as long as we remain
realistic with our choices. Once we find
a workout that suits us and we enjoy, the sky's the limit. We can only be the best we can be!
Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it!
the training in the world won't guarantee a top
performance. We need
confidence. A positive attitude and confident outlook need to be part of
the picture. If
we feel strongly about our abilities, there's always a
chance we will
put in a good performance. Once we have the physical
skills, the mind takes over.
I will add a positive outlook to my skills for the best possible performance!
Slumps are like a soft bed.
Easy to get into and hard to get out of! - Johnny
gets into a slump now and
then. Every workout seems tough - you just
can't run as far or as fast.
Luckily, slumps don't last. They seem to go
on forever but best advice is to continue with the same workout
eventually the slump will break. It's a challenge to stick with
it's the most effective solution. I will stick with
the program even when I feel this way!
The pressure to perform makes us more intent and hence perform better! - Nancy Lopez Pressure
can crush us
or it can lift us up and
inspire us. Pressure can come
from the outside but it can also come from within. On the upside,
pressure can help us rise to the occasion. It can get us
to work harder
ever thought possible. Better focus and concentration that will
help us to play or perform at a higher level. If we don't feel the need
to improve, we will
stay stuck in a
rut. I will make the pressure work for me!
If you want it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it! - Gale Sayers
really want it we can make it so. Desire can get us through the
hardest workouts, propel us over the last tough hill. It can carry us to
heights we never thought possible
- as we
long as we have faith in
ourselves and apply our minds and bodies. Many people - wheelchair
athletes, paraplegics overcome great odds. You do it because you have
test your limits. I will go after what I want and I know that I will get it!
Exercise takes time and everyone has their limits! - Paula Newby-Fraser
gives you the best return on your investment ... minimum injury and
maximum fun. Combining two or more exercise programs is the safest and
most effective way to
attain all round
fitness. Injuries happen and
cross-training is a great way to stay in shape while recovering. Run,
bike, swim, walk, yoga, aerobics. So many choices. Take your
enjoy. Today, for a change, I will do something I have not done lately!
Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it's absolutely necessary!
- Ray Knight
magical happens when we workout at our optimum ability. Nothing else
exists. We are "in the zone". Doesn't happen all the time but when it
we feel in complete control and
sense what's happening before it
does. Concentration helps us to focus and turn off our minds and when we
do this we perform our best. When I
work out, I will think about
It's not necessarily the amount of time you spend training that counts, but what you put into the training!
can train for hours but if our hearts aren't into it, we don't get much
out of it. We need to focus and concentrate.Training is the test where
what we do well and work on our weaknesses.Training for
an ultimate goal - losing weight, getting in top shape to run faster or
longer or just becoming healthy. When
train, I will put all I can into it!
When it comes right down to it, it's not
won or lost - but how you played the game! - Grantland Rice
matter how important our goals, we must never lose sight of the main
attraction: fun and
you have fun, you will be more
successful in the long run. It's about having a good time, challenging
ourselves, keeping our bodies - and minds - in shape. The social
peace, the solitude are all part of the experience. Have fun playing - work hard and have a good time!
I always felt I hadn't achieved what I wanted to. Always felt I could get better. Still do. Never be satisfied! -
gets us nowhere. Raise our goals a little each time out as there's
always room for improvement. Continue to work and improve. Get better
more fit. Nothing
impossible - and ultimately discouraging -
goals but attainable ones that don't discourage
us. We should never settle for less than we can achieve!
Lack of faith makes people afraid of meeting challenges! - Muhammad Ali
all hear the voices in our heads - sometimes they are
loud. They say "you'll never make it up this hill" or "I'll never get
better." If we don't believe in our abilities we will be our own worst
enemies. We will back
from challenges instead of meeting them head
on. Or give up before we've begun. Accomplishments fuel our faith and
build our belief of overcoming
obstacles. I will meet all my challenges by believing in myself!
Running is a matter of spirit not strength! - Janet
try to do your best each and every time out. You have an intense desire
to keep going. What makes us achieve is not size and strength but sheer
have the urge to be as good as we can be. That 10
miler was our farthest run to date but we finished it and look forward
to the next challenge. These are the times that
the most energy
desire. You want
to be the best you can be and that should be evident in each and every workout!
Is your heart in your exercise? - Steve Scott
is not enough to reach your performance goals. You need to
exercise at the right intensity levels. Your heart rate is the most
efficient indicator of
Exercising too easy ... an
initial benefit and then no further improvement. Too hard ...
Over-training, risk of injury, exercise burnout. Just right ...
Efficient use of training
time and realization of your goal. Put your heart
into your training!
Sweat plus sacrifice equals
success! - Charlie O.
does not come easily for most people. It involves hard work,
perseverance, desire and sometimes luck. Whatever our goals, we have
get out there and
challenge ourselves and sweat a little ... something
that pushes us a little farther and makes us work a little harder. For
every extra mile, we can count on
improve my fitness level, I have to challenge myself in each and every workout!
Do what's best for your body or you'll be the one who comes up short! - Julius Erving
works best for you
is the key to staying fit, active and above
all healthy. Only you can truly judge whether you're up for a long run
or a hot bath. Pushing another mile when
calves are cramped is
tough or aggressive. It's being dumb and careless. An extra mile today
could be two lost tomorrow if you become overtired or injured. My
body signals when it's
had enough or can do more. I will be aware of my body and respond appropriately!
the success that you have and don't be too hard on yourself when you
don't do well. Don't beat
yourself up. Just relax and enjoy
it! - Patty Sheehan
is sometimes forgotten on a run. Seems like drudgery ... painful,
boring and at times, even
stressful. Don't punish yourself. Every
something to be proud of. If you remember to be as supportive of
yourself as you are of others, you'll find that extremely
Stay positive. The more I
support myself, the more successful I'll be!
The day you stop making excuses is the day you start to improve!
- Sebastian Coe
tired, too hungry,
too much work to do, too late, too early, too cold,
too hot, no time, don't feel well, don't want to go alone,
crowded, clothes are in the wash. I'll go tomorrow, I
swear. Excuse, excuses, excuses. We've all used them and they've kept us from running, from working out, from every
athletic activity. Just get it done and think of how happy
you'll be - no excuses. No ifs, ands or buts, I'm working out today!
You have to set new goals everyday!
- Julie Krone
morning when we lace up your running shoes, we should have a
mind. The goal can be short or long term. It can be modest or
No matter what we set out to do each day, we should do it
with some objective in mind. A daily
goal serves to motivate us and gets
us to give our best. If we want to accomplish
something in particular,
chances are we'll perform better. Before I do anything, I will set
a new goal for the day!
Whatever you do, don't do it halfway! - Bob Beamon
should always aim to give everything we try our best shot. Workouts
really put ourselves out for are a lot more satisfying and,
ultimately, a lot more productive. The
harder we work every step of the
way, the quicker and more efficiently we'll
reach our goals. We all have
days where we just don't "have it" but these are the times to reach
inside ourselves and try to find that extra umph that will motivate us
to give it
a shot. No matter what I do, I will give my best!
You gotta believe! - Tug McGraw
Today, anything is possible. We believe we will start new fitness and diet routines to kick off the New Year. We believe we will improve our current exercise programs: push a little harder, running a little farther, going a little longer. It feels so good to have the self-confidence and desire to want to enhance our health and fitness, our strength and stamina. Nothing makes us feel more accomplished than an extra mile, another set of repeats or a personal best. Today I will believe!