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How to change habits: part 1
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Aristotle’s quote is often used, but it is hard to follow. When working with athletes, it is often the intangibles that make the difference to the overall outcome of the training programme.
I often see young coaches or academics popping out and inflicting paper programmes on athletes and saying “I have shown them, now they have to do it“.
Unfortunately (or fortunately) athletes are human beings, not artificial constructs.
We must therefore coach the person first and then the programme second.
Athlete’s do not operate in a vacuum
In order to make gains in training we know that not only must the athlete work, they need to rest and recover. The two things I never assume that an athlete does well are:
Just saying, “eat healthy food” and “get 8 hours sleep a night” does not recognise that behaviour needs to change, and that comes from habits.
Very few people think that 5 hours sleep a night and eating crisps and chocolate are the way to become an Olympian.
Some education is necessary:
Mostly though, it is getting the athlete to incorporate healthy behaviours and habits into their lifestyle.
Working on the intangibles
Changing behaviour is not easy. Education is one part of it, but people need help doing this. It might involve changing the culture of the team/ club or the home environment too.
Part 2 of this blog will look at Goal setting and how to get started,
Part 3 will look at some useful tools on how to help you maintain your good habits.
The access to expert advice on training and coaching in the STS has been extremely beneficial when guiding Helen (15) through different stages of her physical development. Time is very precious and especially as busy parents of even busier teenagers, we need all the help we can get. As well as following the programme, it has been really useful to dip into certain topics as and when situations occur. Advice on how to prevent and counteract knee problems was certainly helpful when Helen started complaining that ‘her knees were hurting’ directly after competitions.
20 Feb 2019
Athletic Development Coach Venue: WILLAND Date: Wednesday 20th February. Time 0900-1630. Booking deadline Friday 8 February Is the ‘Athletic Development Coach’ course for me? This particular course is for our junior members to attend. If you are interested in attending please contact Carly. What will I learn? Course Goals and Objectives Candidates will be expected […]