2016 has ended with its ups and downs and now we enter a new year that brings with it the traditional New Year resolutions.
This traditional list of resolutions may come with a bad connotation because by the end of the year many of us have forgotten about them and neglected our goals. However, the beginning of a new year is always a good time to reflect on the past and make a list of things that we’d like to change or achieve.
Please remember that any time is good to make a life change, but the beginning of a new year always brings some kind of motivation with it.
We’ve made a list of things that you could add to your 2017 list of resolutions:
1. Make time for friends and family
Life gets very hectic when you are studying, training and competing at the same time, but it is important not to push people away as they are your support system and will be there for you when you need them, so be there when they need you.
There is nothing wrong with having fun from time to time.
2. Take time off your week for yourself
As in the last resolution, it is important that when life gets busy, you dedicate some time to yourself. This could be as long as you want, but your mind and body have to take a break, so take some time off your schedule to do something relaxing. That could be something as traditional as taking a bath or reading a book, but if you prefer you could skydive, whatever you prefer.
3. Plan ahead
When you are looking for a scholarship it is essential to plan ahead and organize yourself to be prepared when talking to coaches. Colleges will be looking for athletes early on, they may plan a few years ahead, so it could be great if you start early and they can track you sooner than later.
4. Train and challenge yourself
Choose a part of your body you would like to develop, or a skill you would like to have and take a month to prepare specifically for that. There are many fitness challenges online that you can choose from, but to make them more achievable take up a 30 day challenge instead of a year long one that could become repetitive and tedious.
5. Develop your mind
Mens sana in corpore sano is a Latin phrase, usually translated as “a sound mind in a sound body”. An athlete with a strong mind is a strong athlete, so start reading a bit more, play some strategy games, do some puzzles, etc. Choose something that will be entertaining for you and won’t become a chore.
These are some ideas to get off to a good start this 2017, but feel free to change or add as many things as you like.