Health Tips for Red Sox FansApril 13, 2015
After a long and grueling winter, one sure sign of spring is the Red Sox playing ball at Fenway again. If you are headed to a game this season, there are a few things you can do to make the game a healthy one.
Don’t wait until the 7th inning to stretch
Sitting in one position for a long period of time can stiffen the back muscles, which can put stress on the spine. Try to take a stretching or walking break every 30 minutes. There are also some stretches you can do while in your seat:
- Press your back up against the back support
- Bend at the waist so your chest moves towards your knees
- Twist your back in both directions
- Roll your shoulders from front to back 5 to 10 times
Peanuts are a great and classic snack at the ballpark. They are packed with protein and healthy fats, and because they come in the shell, they take longer to eat which slows down snacking and gives you more time to recognize when you are full.
Fenway has also recently added additional healthy choices at their stands.
- Look for the fruit cart that offers fresh apples, oranges, and bananas. Choosing fruit as a snack, particularly in the summer heat, will help keep you feeling satisfied and hydrated.
- Most of the concourse grills offer Grilled Chicken or Turkey Sandwiches. Beware of the additional cheese and sauces on these sandwiches. Most sandwiches are assembled to order and can be requested without cheese or high calorie sauces.
- On a chilly evening, choose a cup of coffee with skim milk and avoid the hot chocolate which is loaded with fat and sugar.
- Really craving a sweet treat? Your best choice is a small soft serve ice cream which will clock in between 150-200 calories. Wafer cones are typically only about 20 extra calories but often contain unhealthy trans fats, so served in a cup is the best choice.
Bottled water is always the best choice for a low-calorie, low-sugar drink to stay hydrated in the summer heat. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Although the temperatures may not be scorching yet, it’s important to protect your skin and apply sunscreen if you are going to be outside. Use sunscreen a with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
Watch for flying objects
Always be aware of what’s going on in the game so that you can avoid being hit by any bats or balls that fly your way.