The Austin Sports Doctors at Medicine in Motion offer some resolutions that athletes of all ages and abilities should find helpful.
The New Year has arrived! It’s a time that many reflect on the past year while making plans for a better future. Resolutions are a great way to put new focus on improving one’s self in a variety of ways. For athletes or for those who are thinking about adding regular exercise to their ongoing routines, the Austin sports medicine doctors at Medicine in Motion have a few suggestions to add to the resolutions list.
#1 Eat better
For athletes or those at least inclined to athleticism – does it really matter what they take in if they’re in great shape on the outside? Absolutely. What’s happening on the inside may be a completely different story if the person is ingesting foods high in fats or sugars. Bad food choices can impede athletic performance too. Making better food choices will not only help an athlete play harder and think more clearly, it could aid in a longer and better quality life.
#2 Drink better
There’s no better beverage for the body than water. Everyone should probably be drinking at least two liters per day (more for those athletes that are constantly sweating it out during exercise). Keep track of water intake, and decrease the number of sodas, alcoholic beverages, sports drinks, etc. Most people are amazed at how much better they feel.
#3 Rest more
It’s a proven fact – over the long haul, athletes perform better if they’re properly rested. Attempt eight hours each night, and don’t shy away from power naps on those long days. The body will be thankful, and so will the mind.
#4 Exercise daily
If training for a sport or particular activity, an athlete 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 maintain fitness levels and keep up strength-levels.
#5 Write it down
Athletes have specific fitness goals – it may be to run a mile at a certain time or bench press a certain weight at the gym. Big fitness goals will require smaller steps along the way, and it’s much easier to keep track of forward progress and the next steps if everything is written down. An exercise journal is also a great place to keep track of meals and calories. Journaling may be the best tool in an athlete’s fitness arsenal!
Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine healthcare in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The doctors at MIM believe active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office’s goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offers comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize health, activity level and sports performance. For more information or for questions regarding sports medicine in Austin, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at www.medinmotion.com.
Source: Press release