In the last post, I talked about the benefits of reading a good fitness blog. In this post, I’m going to talk about staying fit while playing sports.
Generally, sports entail physical activities that are carried out for a variety of reasons including, recreation, entertainment, competition, self-satisfaction, etc. Sports require physical activity which is why most fitness experts regard sports as an excellent way of staying fit and healthy. The only difference is that sports fitness is more focused on the development of skill and ability.
Like any type of physical fitness, sports fitness is a great way to develop stamina, good muscle tone and get rid of excess body fat. Because most sports have strenuous demands and require specific training and commitment, sports enthusiasts often maintain a well-balanced lifestyle, so they can play the game better.
This means, there’s really no doubt that taking up a sport can be an excellent and fun way to reach your fitness goals and stay in shape. Of course, no-one is expecting you to go all in and be the next Serena Williams. Taking up a sport is a great way to make your exercise more fun and sociable.
Of course, you should always consult your doctor before taking up a new sport to make sure that you are in good physical condition to start with and won’t kill yourself trying to whack a ball with a racquet.
Tips to ensure that you stay fit and healthy no matter which sport you pursue:
Drinks lots of water
FACT: Humans can survive days, or even weeks without food, but they can’t last very long at all without water.
Water is, the most important element needed by the body especially during times of moderate to extreme physical activity. Perspiration, without replenishing the lost fluids can and will lead to fatigue, serious health problems, and even death. So, don’t take any chances and be sure to drink lots of water.
Sometimes water isn’t enough
For avid sports enthusiasts, water may not be enough to replace the amount of fluid and nutrients lost during physical activity. Especially on, hot days. For those occasions a sports drink is a good option. Aside from the fluid, sports drinks have two additional and important ingredients needed by the body: carbohydrates and electrolytes.
In fact, they are the fastest way to replenish electrolytes lost during strenuous physical activity. Your body also needs carbohydrates during time of rigorous activity, because they help provide more energy so that your body can keep up with the demands of the sport.
People who play sports should focus on eating healthy and adding more vegetables and fruits to their diets. This is because the body craves more vitamins and minerals during times of increased physical activity. A healthy diet makes the body stronger and healthier, enabling it keep up with demands of the sport as well as aiding in muscle recovery.
Since the body is enduring long periods of physical activity, it’s important to protect it by getting enough calcium in your diet. This will help strengthen bones in order to avoid injury and bone diseases like osteoporosis. Calcium can be found in different vitamin and mineral supplements. They are also abundant in foods like sardines, tofu and dairy products. It’s not hard to get your recommended daily calcium intake from your diet if you consider adding in stuff like cereal with milk, a portion of cheese and a yoghurt.
As I’ve mentioned before, doing warm up exercises are uber important before any type of strenuous activity, especially when it comes to playing sports. By taking a few minutes to warm up beforehand you can help prevent strain and injury to your body.
So, as you can see engaging in a sport is a great way to stay fit and have fun at the same time. Check at local leisure centres what types of sports they have on offer or any teams that might be recruiting.
Make sure you look for the next post soon. I’ll be talking about some important things you should know about stretching.
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