"Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance." Eckhart Tolle
Gratitude is always on our minds around this time of year. Pause and be thankful, take in all the amazing things you have in your life. But really, isn't this how we should live everyday of our life? Waking up in the morning is reason enough to show gratitude and count your blessings.
Practicing gratitude will make your life better. This is studied and proven! It will consistently help you feel more positive emotions, improve your health (help you sleep), help with your relationships, get you through tough times, and help you really enjoy good experiences in your life. We may be in the home stretch of a tough year, but if you’re reading this, you have plenty to be grateful for.
Ways to Practice Gratitude:
-Start the day with 3 things you are grateful for
-Write in a gratitude journal
-Write hand written notes of gratitude
-Stay present in the moment and think of how fortunate you are to be in that moment
-Go on a grateful walk
-Say thank you, and include the specific reason you are saying it
-End the day with 3 things you are grateful for
Peak posts about gratitude (Click to go back and read!):
One of the most avoided facets of sport by most young athletes is conditioning. “I hate to run.” “I’ll get in game shape when the season starts.” “I’ll lift in the off-season.”
The disciplined athlete conditions herself because she knows it could make the difference. Because he makes it a competitive thing, that no player will “out-condition” him in preparation for the win. Conditioning is entirely in control of the athlete, but it requires a mature approach: to do hard things that we don’t always enjoy because we know they will help us succeed.
Team sports involve a high level of movement, game intensity, and power and stamina required over time. To fully prepare yourself, get in shape. You want to increase your power, balance, strength, agility, endurance, and coordination. Do more aerobic training (running, biking, swimming, playing basketball) as well as anaerobic training (sprints, jump workouts, HIIT training) to increase your ability to go longer and harder. Remember, no matter what sport and what level, conditioning will make you better at it. That’s a competitive edge worth fighting for.
“The goal of conditioning is to optimize the performance of the athlete and minimize the risk of injury and illness.”
Benefits of Conditioning for an Athlete:
-greater strength and resilience
-better cognitive recognition
-fuller recovery (quicker recovery)
-greater mental strength
Wondering what to do to get better in your driveway or at the park without a coach? There are many ways to work on your game on your own, and if you are making excuses that you don’t know how, stop it now! There are many resources out there*! Here is a simple workout that you can do consistently to build skill and confidence!
A daily workout with a ball:
Warmup - 20 shoulder pounds, 20 hip pounds, 20 speed pounds ->both hands
Combo Set - Dribble once, then complete a double crossover (Pound, double cross) ->complete 20 reps of this set for both hands (20 right, then 20 left)
Complete the same for the following (20 reps both hands)-
Pound, Cross, Between the legs
Pound, Cross, Behind the back
Pound, Between the legs, Behind the back
*advance with more practice to complete higher reps and remove the pound dribble
Form Shooting - Shoot 25 form shots from just outside the rim. Then move back to about 8 feet and shoot 25 more.
*focus on follow through with your shooting arm by your eye and pointer finger down towards the rim
Spin Out Shots - Spin the ball out to yourself from a range you can shoot consistently without changing your form. Fight for your feet on the catch (try to catch with the same feet each time) and rise into your jump shot. Make 10 from 5 different spots on the court.
Free Throws - Shoot 20 free throws. Keep track of how many you make out of 20, and how many you can make in a row (record highest streak).
THIS WORKOUT COULD BE COMPLETED IN UNDER 20 MINUTES! No excuses!
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