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10 Things Only People Who Are Born to be An Athlete Will Understand

10 Things Only People Who Are Born to be An Athlete Will Understand

Do you love sports? Were you always one of the first one picked in gym class to be on teams because everyone knew just how good at sports you are? Not everyone loves sports, and even fewer people are anything more than armchair athletes, either because they don’t have the time or energy for sports, or they just don’t have the coordination for many sports. You are someone who should be proud of your abilities, but being into sports can have its ups and downs. Here are 10 things that only yourself and other athletes will be able to fully understand.

1. You eat, a LOT

When you are into sports, your metabolism is high, and you will need a lot of food to keep your energy levels up. You will probably find that you are the first at a buffet table, and there may not be anything left for anyone else when you are done.

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2. You often hear “get on the line”

As an athlete, you have heard this from your coaches at least once, and you probably dread hearing it again.

3. You get LOTS of bruises

Don’t expect to not be battered and bruised after a game. Suck it up and put some ice on the bruises, and get back in the game. Of course, if you have any serious injuries, be sure to have them attended to by a physician so you can get right back in the game as soon as possible.

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4. You don’t have time for fun

You are so busy keeping in shape and training that there is often very little time to go out and have fun with your friends. Your schedule consists of work/school, training, practicing, food, more food and sleep, and not necessarily in that particular order.

5. You need flexibility

When you are into sports, you need to have a lot of flexibility. This is something that you must keep practicing, or you will lose it. FLX Body is a great resource to learn more flexibility workouts.

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6. You get up before the sun

You are dedicated, and you often wake up to practice while it is still dark outside. This dedication will put you ahead of everyone who would rather sleep in. You will be laughing at those who are complaining about having to get up at 8 in the morning, when you have already been up for three hours and working your butt off.

7. You hate stairs

Your legs are likely sore after training sessions, and the last thing you want to see is a big set of stairs ahead of you. You secretly wish for an elevator or an escalator so you don’t have to tackle those stairs with sore legs.

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8. You don’t know what to do with free time

When you finally get a day or two where you have no work to do, and you aren’t training or practicing, you will be at a loss to find something to do. You may even end up feeling bored, because you aren’t doing your regular routine.

9. You discover muscles you didn’t know you had

Once you start training, you are going to have a lot of aches and pains. In fact, you will have muscle aches where you didn’t even know you had muscles. You won’t hurt right away, but just wait until you try and get out of bed the next morning.

10. You take all games too seriously

You will end up being quite competitive, even to the point of taking any game, even board games, way too seriously. You are used to winning, and it soon will become everything to you.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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