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Motivated by the Olympics? Eight Training Tips from Experts at the NEBH Sports Performance Center

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Are you feeling inspired while lounging on the couch watching the 2018 Winter Olympics? Motivated to get up and begin a new workout routine? While you may not be a top Olympic athlete, there are many things athletes of all levels should keep in mind. Here, experts at the NEBH Sports Performance Center recommend eight training tips.

Always use proper form
You will get better results from your workout and decrease your risk for injury by doing the exercise properly.

Get a workout buddy
The benefits of a workout buddy are endless: a buddy can help hold you accountable, encourage you to push yourself harder, and allow you to enjoy your workout more.

Fuel Your Body
A healthy diet and proper hydration is essential for Olympic-level performance. Focus on fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and slow carbohydrates like brown rice and sweet potatoes. Also, be sure you are drinking enough water to avoid dehydration.

Get enough sleep
With all of that intense training, your body needs to properly rest. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

Don’t do too much too fast.
Ease into your workout routine to avoid getting burnt out or injured by pushing yourself too hard too soon.   

Warm up before your workout
Warming up is crucial in preventing injuries and in overall safety while exercising. When you warm up your muscles, you allow them perform at their greatest range of motion; when you slowly raise your heart rate, you minimize the stress that exercise puts on your heart.

Choose specific exercises for your sport. 
Try to pick exercises that will directly translate to your sport. If you don’t know what to do, or have questions, contact a athletic trainer or physical therapist at the NEBH Sports Performance Center

Listen to your body
You can expect to have some muscle soreness after a grueling workout, but playing through an injury can cause further damage that can keep you out of the game longer. If you have any type of persistent pain, see an orthopedic specialist.

 

If you have any health concerns, be sure to consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.

Are you feeling inspired while lounging on the couch watching the 2018 Winter Olympics? Motivated to get up and begin a new workout routine? While you may not be a top Olympic athlete, there are many things athletes of all levels should keep in mind. Here, experts at the NEBH Sports Performance Center recommend eight training tips.

1.       Always use proper form

You will get better results from your workout and decrease your risk for injury by doing the exercise properly.

 

2.       Get a workout buddy

The benefits of a workout buddy are endless: a buddy can help hold you accountable, encourage you to push yourself harder, and allow you to enjoy your workout more.

 

3.       Fuel Your Body

A healthy diet and proper hydration is essential for Olympic-level performance.  Focus on fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and slow carbohydrates like brown rice and sweet potatoes. Also, be sure you are drinking enough water to avoid dehydration.

 

4.       Get enough sleep

With all of that intense training, your body needs to properly rest. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

 

5.       Don’t do too much too fast.

Ease into your workout routine to avoid getting burnt out or injured by pushing yourself too hard too soon.   

 

6.       Warm up before your workout

Warming up is crucial in preventing injuries and in overall safety while exercising. When you warm up your muscles, you allow them perform at their greatest range of motion; when you slowly raise your heart rate, you minimize the stress that exercise puts on your heart.

 

7.       Choose specific exercises for your sport.  Try to pick exercises that will directly translate to your sport. If you don’t know what to do, or have questions, contact a athletic trainer or physical therapist at the NEBH Sports Performance Center

 

8.       Listen to your body

You can expect to have some muscle soreness after a grueling workout, but playing through an injury can cause further damage that can keep you out of the game longer. If you have any type of persistent pain, see an orthopedic specialist.

 

If you have any health concerns, be sure to consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.

 

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