Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (cyclist) took time off from training in preparation for the Olympics in Rio to share some tips on how to stay fit:
10 top tips on how to keep focused.
- First and foremost, set yourself a goal. Find a race you would like to take part in or set yourself a weight loss goal.
- Join a club, or find yourself a training group. Sticking to your training program is certainly much easier if you have training partners waiting for you. When the mornings get colder and dark, it is great to have a reason not to hit the snooze button.
- Invest in quality raining kit. As the saying goes, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad choice of clothing. There are many really great training products on the market that will be sure to keep you warm during the colder months or keep you visible at night. They might be more expensive, but definitely worth every cent.
- Invest in a good light for your bike. Having a good light for your bike will be motivation not to use the dark as an excuse not to train.
- Mix things up. You don’t have to ride your bike all the time to stay fit. Use some months as an opportunity to do some strength training in the gym, go for a run, join a Pilates/Yoga class.
- Join a wattbike/indoor cycling studio. Cycling indoors can be fun if you use good quality equipment and you have a group to join.
- Find yourself a coach. Having a training program to stick to can help to keep you going when motivation runs low.
- Focus on quality rather than quantity. It is hard to go out for long training rides sometimes, so use the weekdays to do your quality sessions and do long rides over the weekend when you can go out later and in groups.
- If you can afford it, plan a cycling holiday in a different country in the northern hemisphere. Cycling touring is becoming more and more popular. There is no better way to see the world, than by bike and keep fit at the same time.
Try to stay away from the comfort foods we often feel tempted to eat . These food groups actually make you feel lethargic and tired. Sticking to healthy, wholefood choices make you feel energized and good about yourself. The comfort is only temporary, and in the long-term results in weight gain and frustration.