Habits of Elite Athletes

Do you have the habits of an elite athlete?

What separates the best athletes from the average ones? What does it take for an athlete to rise above the rest? 

It is more than just a game. Sports encompass physical health, mental health and discipline. By developing the habits of elite athletes, your capabilities can be influenced in the right direction.

What do some of the best athletes do to ensure optimal performance?

1. Sleep

Sleep is, by far, one of the most important and overlooked training habits for mental and physical health. In fact, student-athletes are at a greater risk for lack of sleep due to long practices, travel, competition and academic responsibilities. The balancing act is difficult.

Furthermore, an American College Health Association survey reported most student-athletes on average, have four nights of insufficient sleep per week.

Sleep is essential for muscle repair, improving alertness and stamina, in addition to accelerating your body’s growth process.

Elite athletes maintain a regular sleeping schedule with waking up and falling asleep at the same time, in a cool, dark and quiet place free from mobile devices.

Never underestimate the power of sleep.

2. Setting Goals

Even the most seasoned of athletes set goals. Goals are invaluable to the training regime they abide by. By envisioning success, creating goals and meeting them, the stress in an athlete decreases and their focus increases.

Sports are a mental game and have the great ability to instill confidence and expectations that can translate into an athlete’s life later on. Be it in school, relationships or professional careers.

U.S,A. Softball player Jennie Finch said, “If you want it bad enough, and you’re willing to make the sacrifices, you can do it. But first you have to believe in yourself.”


An athlete’s body and mind need fuel just as much as a machine does. By fueling your body well with intention and staying hydrated, you’re creating a greater scenario for success.

Former Dodger pitcher Brandon League found himself feeling sluggish late in his career. By following a Paleo and alcohol-free diet, he lost 20 pounds and increased his energy significantly.

It’s important to know the nutritional needs to for every athlete and sport is different. By speaking to a nutritional expert an athlete and/or team will learn the best way to fuel their bodies in a healthy, responsible way for optimal results.

The lifestyle choices of an athlete can make or break their terms of success. With hard work, focus and tenacity, anyone can work their way towards elite athleticism.

What habits do you think are essential to becoming an elite athlete?


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