2. Define yourself as a member of the community
What makes someone who runs a “runner?” It’s not the amount of miles they’ve logged-it’s the moment when they define themselves by what they do. The same goes for tennis players, figure skaters, rock climbers and yoga devotees: their sport is a part of their identity.
3. Make your sport a priority
Pro athletes make their sport a full-time job. That’s nice, but most of us can’t manage that on top of…well, our regular full-time jobs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your sport a priority in your life. Work dates with your sport into your calendar and treat them like you would any other important appointment-as a requirement, not an option.
Brazier also notes that fitting in a regular routine will improve your performance, which will then make your workout more fun, too. “I know some people who are new to running and never really like it because they do it sporadically,” he says. “But when they started doing it more, they felt so much stronger and fitter that there wasn’t that feeling of doing work.”
4. Test yourself
Even if Olympic gold is out of reach, you can still set milestones in your training and record when you’ve reached them. Love to swim? Time yourself in a monthly 50-metre sprint and see how fast you can get. Prefer basketball? Set a target-say, number of baskets in a game, or perfecting your three-point shot-and see how quickly you can get there.