Nobody actually believes that professional athletes are just naturally gifted to be the best at their chosen sport. At the same time, however, many people do not understand the commitment it takes to stay at that level. Thanks to a proliferation of sports-centric television stations needing to fill programming time, fans are now aware of when training camp opens, preseason begins and even when their favorite athlete is or is not reporting to the facility. With information like that, it is easy to assume that the rest of the year pro athletes are just sitting around eating pizza and floating in the pool.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Just like you have to go to work all year round, so do they. For them, it is actually harder to do that because of the contracts and collective bargaining agreements that prohibit team facilities being open certain parts of the year and limiting the amount of practice time players can engage in. That means they have to find a different way of working out and staying in shape.
Just like so many other people, many of these athletes are drawn to the beauty of Miami. Unlike so many other people, they do not come down to just sit on the beach and visit the nightclubs. They make Miami their offseason home because the beautiful year round weather makes it ideal as a place to work out. Instead of being limited by options presented in cold or wet climates, they can take boot camp classes and work with personal trainers in fitness centers and gyms, and they can also run and swim, taking advantage of the weather.
They great thing about that is that it allows regular people who are looking to live a healthy lifestyle take advantage of the pro athletes coming to down. When it comes to fitness centers and personal trainers, Miami has more per capita than any other city in the nation. Even if every professional athlete, both those still competing and those that have retired, were to make Miami their home, there would still be plenty of trainers and gyms left over, almost all of them open and available to the general public.
The way to become the best at anything is to engage in the same form of practice that those who already excel at it participate in. For achieving a healthy lifestyle, that means following in the steps of professional training and sports performance. Miami is home to these athletes for a reason, and that same reason means you have no excuse not to follow in their footsteps. You do not have to desire to play a sport professionally to train the way professionals do.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer and fitness enthusiast who believes in the unity of body mind and spirit when leading a healthy lifestyle. http://www.legacyfit.com