Football, hockey, basketball, baseball playoffs, volleyball, soccer…Fall is a busy season for athletes. Not only do all of these sports take a lot of dedication and hard work, but they also require a lot of extra time.
With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s especially important to stay healthy, safe and even clean during this time of year. We’ve got a few tricks of the trade to keep you on top of your game.
Set realistic goals for yourself and your team before every game, so that you’re able to constantly improve; however, be careful to not outpace what’s practical. It’s important to always stay mindful of everyone’s health and safety during rigorous activity – that way, everyone is still having fun while participating in his or her favorite sport!
Warm up to reduce the risk of injury in advance of the big game. Start with light cardio exercise, and then stretch your muscles before vigorous exercise. It’s vital to warm up muscles to get bodies loose and ready for the matchup, especially as the weather gets cold. No one wants to get hurt, so make sure you work conditioning into your schedule. Arrive early to your next game, so you’re not running right onto the field.
Stay hydrated and fuel your body with a nutrient-filled diet to sustain proper health. Active provides 10 tips on eating and drinking water like a pro athlete that will help prevent exhaustion and keep bodies motivated and energized.
Cool down to begin the recovery process. Stretch your muscles to expel lactic acid that can hinder and slow the recovery process.
Get plenty of rest and recovery to restore your body for Monday morning practice and the next game. Get more than enough sleep and rest to prevent fatigue and burnout, ice what’s sore and eat plenty of protein and carbs to get you back on your feet and ready to compete.
Beat the tough smells that come along with playing sports. Get ahead and apply FunkAway on all gear, shoes and bags after games and practices, allowing you to stay fresh and odor-free during the season.
Both the FunkAway Pump Spray and Aerospray are ideal for sports equipment and shoes. If there are deep, set-in odors, we recommend using the Aerospray for maximum performance. The more it smells, the more you spray. The process is as easy as one-two-three. You use as much as needed, let it air dry and voila, everything is good to go. You, your family and your teammates will be happy you did it.
These are but a few tips that relate to all athletes. If you have any other ways to stay healthy, safe and clean during fall sports season, let us know in the comments.