With Autumn in full swing, many families are entering the busiest time of the year. A new school term has started, which comes with a lot of activities and excitement. The days are getting shorter, and plans are being made for the future. Before long it will be the holiday season, and we all know how hectic that can get.
Another thing about the fall months is that a lot of kids are starting a new season of sports. Adults, too, are participating in sports in record numbers. For many people, it’s a more exciting way to get exercise than going to the gym or running on a treadmill. Those are also good ways to get exercise, but let’s face it – sports are becoming more popular as time goes by. They give us an activity that is social, competitive, healthy, imaginative, and a good source of exercise.
With all of the sports being played this Autumn – whether your sport is running or tennis or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – or whether your kids are involved in volleyball, football or soccer – there are bound to be some injuries. That’s one of the dangers of any type of regular exercise. Even running a treadmill the wrong way, over time, can lead to injuries in the ankles and other parts of the body. A big part of the healthy practice of any sport is understanding the risks, and protecting against specific injuries that are likely to occur.
No matter what sport you play, there are also some general things you can do to protect against injuries this fall – or in any season, for that matter.
1. Eat vegetables
Eating healthy means different things to different people; there is no getting around that. But it’s always worth paying attention to the dietary information and recommendations given by modern medical science. Generally speaking, our bodies are healthy when they get plenty of vitamins and minerals from natural sources. This means eating a healthy quotient of fruits and vegetables. It’s a good idea to see fresh vegetables not as a side that needs to be eaten, but as a main part of the meal. Learning how to prepare and enjoy fresh veggies in creative ways may take a little time, but the proof is in how a diet makes you feel. The body craves all of the fresh vitamins and minerals available in fruits and veggies, and performs better in every way – including sports.
We hear it all the time, but it’s always worth repeating: Hydration is important to performance on the field, court, track, in the gym, on the mat, or wherever your sporting endeavors take you. Drinking hydrating fluids such was water, tea, coconut water, and so on (but especially water) allow the body to perform vital cleansing processes. Hydration renews the muscles, improves circulation, and basically has all of the best physical benefits. The medically accepted dosage (as stated by the Mayo clinic) is 3.7 litres for men and 2.7 litres for women. Obviously water dosages for children of different ages, and adults of different sizes, will vary. It’s important to pay close attention to hydration, and talk to your doctor if you need more specific recommendations on water dosage.
Follow these two simple tips for better and safer sports performance this fall – and get plenty of sleep! For medical situations that are not life threatening, head to your local urgent care center for fast and effective consultations.