SHOULD WE PUT ATHLETES ON A PEDESTAL AS THE GOAL FOR HEALTH?
Loved listening to ep 8 of @apexdeltacoaching podcast - when Kieran said ‘elite athletes are not healthy’
Elite. Athletes. Are. Not. Healthy...
You almost have to let that one sink in,
But when you think about it, it is kind of obvious,
In order to get to the top 1% of performance, the body needs to be pushed beyond usual limits,
So whether it’s body building competitions, professional football players or Tour De France cyclists - let’s remember the extremes they go to to win.
Yes, they are going to be the fittest, the fastest, the strongest or the leanest, the most trained for a specific outcome/ process depending on whatever their sport is,
But what is the sacrifice?
No eating foods that aren’t beneficial for their training🙅🏻♀️ (read: not many spontaneous meals out with friends & fam),
A LOT of time training (potentially over training) & recovering⏰ (not much time for socialising),
Full focus on the sport and competition🧠 (no time to focus on other hobbies, and dealing with lots of pressure),
The world health organisation defines health as complete social, mental and physical well-being...
& a lot of top class athletes are probably not experiencing complete well-being due to the extreme nature of their training.
The average age of a professional footballer retiring is 35 years old, because we can’t push the body to the limit forever, injuries stack up & our peak performance usually decreases with age,
& unfortunately a lot of athletes suffer with injuries later on in life from their sport,
Extreme training, and therefore ‘results’, cannot be done forever.
Of course, I’ve got huge respect for athletes who break boundaries, show crazy discipline & achieve greatness,
BUT, when we are aiming to feel healthier & fitter & leaner FOR LIFE... let’s not idolise athletes as the healthiest individuals,
Let’s focus on daily habits that increase our overall well-being & will keep us feeling strong and fit forever ☺️ because we are in it for the long haul, not a championship trophy!
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