When it comes to sports and other athletic activities, there are a lot of factors that can appeal to us. The exercise, for one thing, can be a great outlet for excess energy that other areas in our life might not properly burn through, and that can prevent depression or anxiety, or it alleviate the symptoms in those diagnosed with these conditions. Team sports can enable a much needed sense of camaraderie and belonging, which can really be just what the doctor ordered for someone with social anxiety. However, there’s one thing above all others that sports have to offer us, and that’s the thrill of victory. However, we can’t even begin to achieve that victory until we have gotten into shape, and our world of luxury and convenience has made that more difficult now than ever. Here are some tips to help you prepare your body for sports.
First and foremost, you’re going to need to get used to locomoting, aka moving around. So, get up off the couch and start going for regular walks. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to graduate to hiking, but be sure to protect yourself in the wilderness with some shoes from Chaco and some long sleeves and pants, perhaps even a hat. Lastly, you’re going to want to be able to jog, and then run, for long distances reliably, as sports of all sorts will demand this of you. This will help strengthen key leg muscles, for one thing, but it will also help you in the cardio department by getting your heart more used to the amount of work you’ll be doing. This is vital for demanding physical activity.
Another important aspect of sports is your diet. You’re going to have to replace those nasty processed foods with home cooked meals made with fresh ingredients, for starters, so prepare to spend a bit more money and spend some more time in the kitchen. Moreover, the kind of food you eat will need to change, as well. For example, you’ll need more protein to help build and repair muscle, you’ll need carbs for energy, and you’ll need electrolytes that you’ll expend on the field.… Read More