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New Year’s Resolutions for Athletes

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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.

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How to Avoid Heat Exhaustion

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In Austin we love outdoor fun. Unfortunately the summer heat can be very dangerous for some of us who enjoy getting out to stay fit. It is important to make sure you stay safe outside in the sun. Here is some basic information on heat exhaustion, what to look for and how to prevent it.

What is heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is a potentially dangerous condition where the body’s core temperature gets too hot due to a combination of environmental heat, humidity and physical activity. Untreated heat exhaustion could lead to heat stroke.

What are the symptoms of heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion symptoms can appear suddenly during or after physical activity. The symptoms include: excessive sweating, dizziness, fainting, weak and rapid pulse, sudden fatigue, low blood pressure when standing up, muscle cramping, nausea and headache.

What should you do if you suspect heat exhaustion?

DO NOT HIDE! Make sure you are in an area where people can help you if necessary. Stop all physical activity and find a cool (preferably air conditioned) and shaded place to rest. Let those around you know you suspect you might be experiencing heat exhaustion. Drink cool water or electrolyte replacement. You should seek medical attention if your symptoms do not go away within 60 minutes or if your temperature gets above 104 degrees.

How can you prevent heat exhaustion?

Wear light clothing that is thin, loose and light-colored or specifically designed for hotter environments. Wear a hat or visor and apply plenty of sun block. Make sure you hydrate before during and after physical activity outside with cool water or an electrolyte replacement. If possible, try to remain in shaded areas when outside and acclimate to the environment before beginning rigorous exercise. Ease into exercise outdoors if you are not used to it; if you are with a trainer let your trainer know your concerns. Check any medications you may be taking that may increase your sensitivity to the sun.

What are the symptoms of a heat stroke?

A heat stroke is a serious medical condition that results from untreated heat exhaustion. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms: body temperature reaches and maintains a temperature over 104 degrees, lack of sweating and flushed skin, rapid breathing and heart beat, headache, neurological disorder (seizure, hallucination, sudden speech or coordination problems) and muscle fatigue and weakness.

Have fun getting or keeping fit this summer and STAY SAFE! Work It!

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