7 Healthy Habits for All Athletes
Whether you dream of going pro in your sport or simply like to have fun, there are certain healthy habits every athlete should adopt into their daily life. This set of # well-rounded routine-builders is so important for your mind and body, whether you’re on a court, field, or in an Olympic-size pool.
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1. Make your warm-up dynamic
Warm-ups prevent injuries, boost performance, and can prevent soreness. A few minutes of jumping jacks, lunges, squats, and push-ups can help your body power through any sporting performance.
2. Always rest and recover
Tempting as it is to push yourself constantly, every athlete needs to rest as part of training. Make sure you’re eating enough protein and drinking enough water the next day to help your body get what it needs. Professional massage can also speed along the recovery period.
3. Listen to your body
Whether you’re training or in the game and you feel pain, stop. It’s that simple. Pushing through the pain will only lead to a more serious injury that will have you on the benches the rest of the season. Also, be sure to listen to your body when you are eating. It often signals for you to eat certain things like spinach for example if you need more iron.
4. Focus on quality rather than quantity
Proper form is the key to training your muscles for any sport. Doing fewer reps the right way is much better than doing more with poor form.
5. Keep up with hydration
Water helps the human body function at its best. It helps flush out toxins while sending oxygen to all your organs and cells. This helps them recover faster after exercise or games as well as keep you going while in motion. Start the day with a big glass of water and keep up the habit until you go to bed at night.
6. Build core strength
Every move you make originates in your core. It stabilizes the spine and helps prevent other injuries. Make sure you treat your core to a special set of exercises several times a week.
7. Sleep well
When we sleep, our bodies are busy at work healing and cleansing away dead cell material, replacing it and getting things ready for when you wake up. Always aim to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Ideally, sleep as much as you can, even if you take a short nap during the day. Your body will be ready for action when you’re awake!
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