There is no shortage of unhealthy habits, even for endurance athletes. I certainly have my fair share of habits that do not serve me well – like binging on my kids snacks, procrastinating on pool time (SO cold!) or wasting time on social media. It’s safe to say we can typically recognize bad habits pretty quickly (it took me like .02 seconds to think of those), but there may be some other sneaky little bad habits that bring us down – and we may not even realize it!
As the ultimate goal-setters, athletes tend to think of “what can I do more” rather than “what should I do less.” Perhaps the key to goal setting is found not in the things we should do, but instead in the things we should stop doing. Here’s a list of 21 habits that may be holding you back.
Most of these things affect our mental game. If you’ve read some of my other blog posts, you’ll recall that resiliency and mental toughness are things we need to train and develop! So, now that you get where I’m going with this, what else can we add to the list?