Monday, 31 May 2021

Published Monday, May 31, 2021 with 1 comment

Healthy Habits for Young Athletes


Health doesn’t happen in a day, neither does it happen with that one-hour of physical exercise for a month; it is result of a lifestyle that includes it all – exercise, healthy food habits, and a happy environment. This doesn’t happen one fine day either.

 

Healthy lifestyle is a result of healthy habits, things that become a part of your day-to-day life.

 

You want your kids to be healthy? Start by inculcating habits that become a part of their lives. Here’s a little help in getting you started.

 

·         Drinking water 1st thing in the morning – Drinking water helps flush out toxins from the body, cleanses bowels, stimulates metabolism, and is also believed to energize the mind. Some studies have also suggested that drinking water in the morning helps in weight loss.

·         Eating a healthy breakfast – As a parent/coach you might be leading a very busy life, juggling roles and responsibilities. But this should not come at the cost of health, and definitely not at the cost of breakfast. Make it a family rule, no matter what, you don’t skip breakfast. Healthy food can be quick too – try fruits, cereal, boiled eggs, milk, juices, smoothies etc.

·         Walking or cycling places in the neighborhood – If you have to go around the neighborhood or to a block close-by, don’t take your car. Walk or take the bike. Encourage kids to do so too.

·         The family that plays together – On the weekends, workout together as a family or do a fun, adventure outing. For instance, go hiking, kayaking, water aerobics, beach volleyball etc.

·         Water, water – Encourage kids to drink water instead of soda. You can make water fun by infusing fruits, lemon mint and other natural flavors. Make lemonade with salt and sugar to make an excellent homemade sports drinks instead of giving them artificial flavors and preservatives included in expensive sports drinks available in the market.

·         Invest in a slow cooker – Put in the ingredients when you leave for work in the morning, and by evening you can enjoy fresh and hot homemade food with your family.

·         Calorie punishment – Every time anyone in the family consumes junk food, they need to work-out extra to compensate for the increased calorie intake. Make your own rules. Say a hamburger calls for 20 jumping-jacks or 20 lunges.

·         Sleep therapy – Encourage kids to take adequate sleep. Discourage watching TV or playing video games late at night. Sleep is directly related to mental and physical responsiveness which then translates into performance. Poor sleep is, therefore equal to poor performance.

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