How to Become An Elite Athlete

How to Become An Elite Athlete

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans published by the Department of Health recommend 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of physical activity a week. But that's barely going to scratch the surface if you want to be an elite athlete. Two and a half hours of physical activity a week will help you to maintain a general level of overall health, but if you want to excel in a specific sport, you'll need a much more intense training regime than that...

In a survey of more than 700 Olympic and elite athletes, 58% of those surveyed said that dedication was the most important quality in a wannabe elite athlete. But practice isn't enough. You also need the right attitude, the right genes, and the right people around you to succeed at the highest level. It's a tough road—but the rewards are fame, fortune and glory. Sound worth it? Here's a quick look at how you start out.

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