It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class! It’s that time of year again – for many of us, a new year means it’s time to reflect on the past while making plans for a better future. Resolutions are a great way to put new focus on improving ourselves in a variety of ways. If you’re an athlete of any type or are thinking about taking up a sport or exercise, we’ve got a few suggestions to add to your resolutions list. Read on for our thoughts on how to be better athletes in 2013!
- Eat better. You’re an athlete or at least inclined to athleticism – so does it really matter what you take in if you’re in great shape on the outside? Absolutely. What’s happening on the inside may be a completely different story if you’re ingesting foods high in fats or sugars. Bad food choices can impede your athletic performance too. Making better food choices will not only help play harder and think more clearly, it could aid in a longer and better quality life.
- Drink better. There’s no better beverage for your body than water. You should probably be drinking about two liters per day. Keep track of your water intake, and decrease the number of sodas, alcoholic beverages, sports drinks, etc that you drink. You might be amazed at how much better you feel.
- Rest more. It’s a proven fact – over the long haul, you’re going to perform better if you’re properly rested. Attempt eight hours each night, and don’t shy away from power naps on those long days. Your body will thank you, and so will your mind.
- Exercise daily. If you train for a sport or particular activity, you might be inclined to take a couple of weeks or months off during the off-season, particularly if that’s during the winter months. Attempt to at least get in a brisk walk or jog, though – it will go a long way to helping you maintain your fitness levels and keep you strong.
- Write it down. You’ve got specific fitness goals – you may want to run a mile at a certain time or bench press a certain weight at the gym. It’s likely that your big fitness goals will require small steps along the way, and it’s much easier to keep track of your forward progress and next steps if you’re writing everything down. You can also keep track of meals and calories in your exercise journal – you may find it’s the best tool in your fitness arsenal!