With January’s annual health kick looming large on the horizon, Japanese EMS training gear manufacturer SIXPAD has enlisted the help of British record holder Dina Asher-Smith to offer tips and advice to all those people setting their 2018 fitness goals.
The 22-year-old sprinter knows a thing or two about setting goals and maintaining the motivation required to achieve them. Having broken her foot in February this year, the SIXPAD ambassador returned to the track in the summer and bagged herself a silver medal in the 4x100m relay at the world athletics championships in London.
With a competition filled 2018 ahead of her, Dina’s sharing how she sets her goals and, more importantly, how she goes about achieving them. Watch Dina’s top tips here.
“Setting sensible goals is the key to making sure you achieve them. When I broke my foot last year, with the World Championship just less than six months away. I told myself that at the bear minimum I wanted to be at the World Championships.
Once I was fit enough and ready to run, my goal shifted from wanting to be there to wanting to make the final. When I made the final, I made sure I wanted to get a medal.
“Set small, progressive goals. That’s going to be really important in achieving your long term big goal.”
“Making time and being organised is the key in trying to achieve your goals. We’re all so busy that it’s easy to throw everything aside and say, ‘I don’t have time for this’ and just forget about them. You can’t do that when you really want to achieve something.
“When I was at university and trying to juggle studying whilst also trying to be an Olympic and World medallist. I had to make sure I was organised, so making sure I did my work but also make time to go and train to make sure I would be successful in both of them.”
“Staying motivated is key when you are trying to achieve your goals. Even when the competition is months away, there are things you can do to give yourself small little motivations to keep yourself going. I’m a naturally competitive person, so when I‘m at training I’m always trying to beat how many reps I did in my last set.”
“Remaining focussed is a really essential part of trying to achieve your goals. Its easy to think, ‘I won’t do my warm up lap’ or ‘I’ll just have a bit of cake’ but you have to consider whether that decision is going to help or hinder your path to success. It’s hard to maintain focus but doing the little things continuously will help you achieve your goals in the end.”
“When things don’t go to plan, you shouldn’t dwell on it. You should always use it as an opportunity to better yourself, learn from it and move on. I always think, okay how can I turn this negative into a positive and make me stronger as an athlete and a person overall. Don’t dwell on the mistakes, just use it to spur you on and keep you motivated.”
“It’s okay to get a little help with your training, even Olympians need training partners, we need friend and family and we need training gear to help us achieve our goals. Use it to further your training and make sure you can achieve your goals in the long term.”
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