How to Be Energetic when You Are Playing a Sport

Looking to be more energetic during sports and to play your best? Read on.

Steps

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    Get a good night's sleep. Sometimes it's hard to go to sleep when you are nervous, like about a big game, but try to relax. Sleep is a necessity to play your best.
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    Eat well. You should eat a well-balanced meal 2-4 hours before you start, and a carb-loaded snack such as a bagel with peanut-butter less than 2 hours before you start. Don't eat directly before a game or session, however, or the constant motion will upset your stomach.
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    Drink lots of water. It is recommended that athletes drink every 15-20 minutes during exercise, as well as before and afterward. Sports drinks are really no better for you unless you are playing for more than 90 minutes or in very hot weather. Many sports drinks contain as much as two-thirds the sugar of sodas. Another excellent option when you’re sweating profusely is pure coconut water. It’s one of the highest sources of electrolytes known to man.
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    Think. Thinking about playing the sport will improve your confidence and playing ability, because you are mentally ready to play, a couple hours before the game sit down in a quiet and relaxing place and shut your eyes and just picture yourself playing the game, passing, shooting scoring.
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    Relax. Relaxing before a game or session will help you play your best. If you are tense you will lose focus, which is never good while playing sports.
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    Warm up and stretch properly. After a light warm-up lasting about 5-10 minutes, you should stretch. A stretch should last about 10-30 seconds. Stretch on both sides of your body equally.
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    Remember, above all... that you love the sport that you are playing. If you don't, reconsider your choice of sport. If you don't truly love it, it's hard to play your best. But, also, keep in mind, there are many sports that can suit you. All you need to do is find the right one for you.

Tips

  • Consult your coach for the best methods of stretching and warming up.
  • Remember it's just a game and is supposed to be fun!
  • Do not take steroids. They can cause mental health problems such as severe mood swings and depression.
  • When you are not playing, root your other team-mates on!
  • Always have good sportsmanship because if you don't it will make you seem like you hate the game. And be positive.
  • Smile a lot. It will make you happier, and it's nearly impossible to be energetic when you're not happy.
  • Energy bars and protein supplements don't really help or hurt. Don't believe the hype.

Warnings

  • Avoid becoming dehydrated. Drink water or a sports drink frequently.
  • If you start to feel nauseous or fatigued, talk to your coach.

Article Info

Categories: Sports and Fitness