Retiring from sport can be extremely difficult – not only from a physical standpoint but from a mental standpoint as well.
For many of us, our identities are wrapped up in the sport we play. I know for me I got a real sense of fulfillment and purpose from soccer. And, I was scared to lose that once I hung up my boots.
I know I’m not alone in this fear as I receive questions from former teammates frequently like “How am I going to remain athletic?”, “How am I going to stay fit?” “What’s my training routine going to look like without the structure of a team?”...
How do you deem your training sessions successful?
Are you an athlete that needs to be bent over, dripping with sweat every session in order to feel like you accomplished something or are you following a program where there are waves in your training - intense sessions followed by lower intensity sessions that keep you healthy and resilient over the long haul?
My hope is that your answer is the latter.
However, far too often, most athletes fall into the trap of more and high intensity is better.
Unfortunately this approach is not sustainable. And, while periods of high intensity work is absolutely needed, it can't be the only aspect of your conditioning