With Summer almost coming to an end, it is important to stay active and healthy for the upcoming school year. Here are some tips to help our Kickers stay healthy on and off the field.
First, it is important to stay continuously hydrated. Before exercise, it is recommended to consume 16-20 ounces of water two hours prior to exertion. During exercise, the recommendation is to consume between 4-6 ounces. While not exercising, drinking water is recommended as needed.
In addition to staying hydrated, it is important to eat properly. Sandwiches, cereal, pasta, fruit and bagels all serve as great options to eat 2-4 hours before exercise. Athletes benefit the most from carbohydrates and consuming the right kind (not candy) before exercise can increase an athlete’s performance.
Lastly, it is important to get plenty of rest. Lack of sleep can decrease an athlete’s performance, and sleep serves as the best time to recover mentally and physically. The recommended number of sleep hours an athlete should get is between 7-10.
If all of these tips are followed and maintained, the athletic performance of our Kickers, and all athletes, will benefit.