One of the most frustrating things about participating in sports is the end of the season and the decrease in personal fitness that comes with it. While sports are an excellent way to achieve fitness and health, you don’t have to give it all up after the last game has been played. Follow these tips to stay healthy and active in the off season and reduce your risk for needing sports medicine services when the new season arrives:
Focus on your diet. Just because the season is over doesn’t mean you can fall into a diet full of junk food. Keep fueling your body with the healthy nutrition it needs to function at its best. Get plenty of lean protein and don’t neglect your fruits and vegetables.
Rework your fitness routine. While you can certainly continue the athletic training you’ve been doing, be open to other techniques as well. If you can’t get out with a partner to throw a ball or practice your batting, add some upper-body weight training to your routine to keep your arms strong and your joints flexible.
Discover a new sport. Many sports have different seasons, so it is possible for you to participate in sports year round. A second sport may not be your passion, but it can go a long way toward preserving your fitness level until your favorite sport’s season starts again.
Get your cardio. The quickest way to improve and maintain your stamina is through cardiovascular exercise. Walk, run, jog, or swim, but make sure you’re getting your heart rate up regularly. Do practice caution, however; high impact aerobic activity could leave you needing physical therapy if you aren’t careful.
For more tips on maintaining your personal fitness, call OrthoCarolina at (704) 323-2778. Our orthopedic doctors can tell you how to exercise safely. If you need physical therapy, sports medicine treatments, or orthopedic surgery, we can help you with that as well. Call or visit our website to learn more.