I think it goes without saying that the athletic ability of our favorite pro quarterbacks, swimmers, point guards, and soccer players is impressive. But in addition to their celebrated athleticism, many of the world’s most famous athletes also lead rather monumental lifestyles. For some, the pay rates of professional athletes is controversial, while other sports fans want to cash in.
If you’re part of the latter group, look no further. In this article, we’ll give you some tips and tricks to live like a professional athlete, even if you can’t afford a $70 million beachside home like Tiger Woods.
Prioritize your health
Probably the easiest way you can live like you’re a professional athlete is to take good care of your body. You likely won’t see an olympian eating a Big Mac at McDonald’s, would you? Whether you’ve taken a break from your gym routine or just made getting in shape your New Year’s resolution, there’s a lot to learn and be inspired about when it comes to professional athlete training.
Here are a few tips to help you train like an athlete:
- Schedule and track your workouts using an app like Nike Training Club. This will help hold you accountable and show you your progress as you continue to get in shape.
- Eat foods that are nourishing for your body. Remember that you’re not working out so that you can eat fries, tacos, and milkshakes—you’re working out to improve your health. The same methodology goes for food. Think of food as medicine that nourishes you!
- Switch up your workouts to build your strength in different areas and to challenge yourself. Go for a hike, swim, or a bike ride for your next weekend workout.
In addition to physical health, the world’s most successful athletes also understand that your physical health is important, too. Whether you practice meditation, self-care, or download an online therapy app, your mental health is essential to your overall health—so make sure you treat it kindly!
Make good investments
When you’re a star athlete, your budget typically allows for more frivolous spending than the rest of us can afford. While it would be nice to buy anything that strikes your liking at the drop of a platinum AmEx, you likely have to pick and choose where you spend your money, at least to some extent. If you’re in this position, but you want to experience the lifestyle of rich and famous athletes, you’re best off putting your money toward investment purchases rather than succumbing to the temptation of shopping sprees at the mall.
Sure, a nice pair of sneakers might be cool, but you might get more bang for your back if you found a new Mercedes for sale in Delray—it seems like all athletes these days cruise around Florida in luxury vehicles. Other positive investments might include real estate and gold bullions.
Keep it classy
While there’s no denying their athletic ability, some athletes don’t necessarily have award-winning personalities or decision-making skills. You might still see them out on the field, but chances are, you’re not going to see these athletes with as many sponsorships, awards, or public appearances as those who have the legendary athletic skills and the personality to match. What we can learn from this: keep it classy! Being nice to others goes a really long way, even if you aren’t in the public eye. Whether you’re trying to make business networking connections, or just want to ask for a favor from a friend, knowing how to communicate accordingly makes a world of a difference.
Celebrate your wins
When was the last time you saw a player score a critical point in the championship game, only to turn around with a neutral look on their face? Life brings tons of ups and downs, and for the most part, things stay pretty busy which makes it easy to get caught up going through the motions. One way you can live more like your favorite pro athletes? Celebrate your wins. Whether it’s gathering with family and friends, treating yourself to a relaxing spa day, or binge watching your favorite Netflix show, be sure to take the time to reward yourself for your accomplishments.
How do you live like a pro athlete? Share with us in the comments below!