Taking Care of Yourself

 

If you’re the athletic type, or you’re thinking of becoming an athlete, you probably know about the physical demands of your favorite sport. It can be grueling to compete against others in physically demanding competition, and you body has to be ready. You’re going to have to train your body to its peak performance capability. You know all of this. However, what you may not realize, at least not in its entirety, is that some unlikely factors will affect your performance.

One such example is your diet. Bulking up for sports or bodybuilding will demand a certain diet, but this can also be taken too far and can actually make your less healthy overall. For example, an abundance of protein for building muscles and a lack of fiber can have some unintended restroom related effects I won’t get into here. Another way in which you need be aware of your diet is to not only keep hydrated, but keep your body stocked with electrolytes, like sodium, but this can also go too far. The main takeaway here is everything in moderation. Too much of a good thing can be, and usually is, a bad thing.

Another important way to be sportsready off the field is rest. This goes without saying, it’s important to clarify a few things. For one, don’t rest too much. Sitting or lying down for prolonged periods can be detrimental. So, rest can be bad for your body past a certain threshold. Another facet of this comfort. Staying comfortable is more important than it seems. For one thing, discomfort is usually a sign that whatever is going on bad news in one way or another. On the other hand, discomfort can be a stressor that detracts from your mental health, which directly affects your physical health. So, if you want to be your best self on game day, slip into some comfortable clothes, and some Allen Edmonds shoes, and treat your body right in the meantime.