1) Get a massage and stretch before you badly need it.
2) Fuel consistently during workouts, before you feel tired and fatigued.
3) Prioritize nutrition before and after workouts, before you find yourself struggling with recovery.
4) Prioritize your nutrition throughout the day to compliment your intense/long daily training regime rather than obsessing about your intake on your "off" or lighter days.
5) Don't strive for a race weight but rather a strong body that will perform optimally by x-day.
6) Don't wait until taper (or rest week/day) to feel "normal" again. Find balance now.
7) Don't "rest" an injury/pain after a workout. Address normal vs. not-normal aches on a daily basis and seek help before it gets worse.
8) Don't just train hard and "rest" unintentionally – when you badly need it. Consider intentional rest days long before you actually need them.
9) Respect and thank your body for what it allows you to do on a daily basis.
10) Have fun, trust yourself and be confident. Don’t rush the journey. Always keep in mind that if you are an athlete, training for an event finishing line, you will always need to appreciate daily exercise, just like the "normal" people in this world. You don't have to train for an Ironman or run marathons to be healthy, fit and well. Daily exercise can do wonders for the mind, body and soul and best of all, most of the time, it is free!! Ever tried that thing called walking?? You can find it right outside your front door or office and it doesn't require a membership fee. EXERCISE TIPS:1.Think like a kid - have fun!
Have you ever seen a child with a garmin while playing tag? Isn't it funny how so many athletes have to get to x-miles or x-time before the workout is officially complete. I challenge you to run or bike to a destination or to just stop when it feels right.
2.Focus on the little things – skills, sleep, strength, nutrition
3.Step outside your comfort zone
4.Set goals and track progress
5.Start slow, have a plan
6.New stuff – clothing, gadgets, location
7.Involve others for motivation
8.Time-focused or break it up
9.Use perceived exertion and/or effective tools
10.Make it a priority – when is the right time for you?
*BONUS TIP*: Daily prescription and long term health investment