The Fit Life – 2019.27 – Transitioning from Sport to Life

What if you could just keep playing sports forever! Wouldn’t that be a dream! We all end our competitive sports careers at some point, whether it’s at age 20, 25 or 50 and that’s when the fun begins! After a career of Junior, University or maybe even Pro, you have dedicated your LIFE to your Sport. And now that is gone…..the games, practices, workouts, coaches, teammates, locker room and more! 

Coach Adam, Sacred Heart Pioneers

You go from being an Athlete, to not knowing what to say when someone asks you who you are. We distract ourselves from the self-disappointment by Sitting, Driving, Meetings, TV, Sports and everything else we can think of….that is our new norm!

But you still have the mindset, appetite and expectations of an athlete. 

You’re used to training hard and eating to supplement your training. You have coaches and teammates to use for anything and everything you need. You have games, practices and workouts to fuel the inner competitor in you!

SO, the real question is, what kind of transition needs to be made to keep you mentally and physically healthy after your days of competitive sports are over?!?!

Coach Ally, Western Mustangs

We all know WAYYYY to many athletes that lose their mojo completely after their “Playing Days” are over. They gain weight, they seem lost, their attitude changes and they lose their drive to be their best. 

BUT what makes those athletes that excel after their Playing Days tick?!?! What keeps the fire in their belly?!?! What keeps them striving to be the best at what they do?!?! What keeps them healthy and strong?!?!

The answer is NOT simple. But after watching many former athletes at Limitless excel in their careers, maintain peak physical fitness and keep good mental health in their personal life. We have some helpful tips that we believe can help you CRUSH IT in your new found GLORY DAYS.

Coach Alex, Kitchener Dutchmen

YOUR SPARK

Sports made you tick. They gave you a spark to get up in the morning and work hard. Don’t worry that wasn’t the only thing in this world that will make you tick. Find that spark again. Look inside, try things out and figure out what that is going to be for you. Have an open mind and you will find it.

YOUR GOALS

When you played, your team/season forced you to set goals. They were there for you, laid out and pushing you forward. These won’t be handed out to you anymore, you are going to have to put in the work to set them. If you don’t, you will not have a path to travel to be your best and you will feel lost. Sit down, set goals and be guided forward.

Coach Michelle, Waterloo Warriors

YOUR FITNESS

How do I train if I am not training for something? Training is boring, the big box gym is horrible and my Coach used to tell me what to do. I can’t do this alone. Good news – you don’t have to. Find a gym that can do that for you. One that has a good community to push you. One that has good programming to keep you all around fit. One that is motivating. And one that pushes you to be better.

YOUR NUTRITION

We know, you have the appetite of a lion, so let us help you tame it. You will not be able to eat like you used to. But if you implement a good fitness routine you will be close. Eat whole foods and get in your vegetables to start. If in need of further help, chat with a professional about next steps. You just need to find a new routine and a way to fuel your current lifestyle.

YOUR TEAM

Coach Morgan, RIT Tigers

Your Coach, your Teammates, your Fans. Build your Team. A Team that is there for you. A Team that pushes you. A Team that is honest with you. A Team that inspires you. You need them now just as much as you needed them then. Build your team and you will be unstoppable.

There is a whole other world out there beside sport. And one that can feel just as good. You just have to be willing to find it and work for it like you did when you were playing.

Don’t let a change of scenery change who you are. You have built your athlete habits. Keep them up and watch yourself crush life.

 

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