There is more to health than just your physical body. You also have to keep your mind and spirit fit and healthy. According to the World Health Organization, “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely just the absences of disease.” It’s true, having a healthy mind, body, and spirit all contribute equally to your overall well-being, and how you feel will reflect itself back out onto the court.
As we end 2016, look forward to 2017 and embrace it with open arms and an open mind. If you are in need of some motivation for the New Year, check out these New Year’s athletic health tips!
1. What motivates you?
Think about this one carefully, and go beyond the obvious. Think about why you want what you want. By doing this simple exercise, you can have a much easier time putting things into perspective. Knowing this can help you define and if needed, consolidate your goals.
2. Use your noggin
It is important that you take the time to think out things, and don’t just rush into things. By taking the time to stop and think, you will have a much easier time setting resolutions and attainable goals for yourself.
3. Set goals for yourself
Once you have determined your motivation(s), this step becomes much easier. Start off small by setting one or two goals for yourself. However, it is imperative that you make these goals realistic and obtainable.
4. Stay organized
By staying organized, you can have an easier time keeping track of your goals and progress. Seeing your progress firsthand can help you stay motivated, so make sure to track your progress in a journal or on a poster. Also, if you own a smartphone, take advantage of the applications technology has to offer!
5. Think about yourself in the long term
To do this, you must make a conscious effort to eat and be healthy. Make core changes by drinking enough water daily, add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, and learn proper portion control. Also, if you don’t already, start reading the food label on everything that you eat. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, look it up. This way you can remain cognizant of everything you are putting into your body.
6. Take some time to relax and breathe
Knowing when to slow it down and breathe will take you far in life. Remember your mental state is just as important as your physical. If you need some assistance with this, check out our previous article, “Meditation for Athletes.”
7. Be patient and kind to yourself
This will become easier if you follow the advice of the previous step. Remember to be patient and kind to yourself. You are human after all, and we make mistakes. It happens, but it’s important that you don’t become discouraged. Remember, you will fall, but don’t get discouraged. Just get back up, dust yourself off, and keep moving forwards towards your goals!