Thought of the Week: Importance of diet and sleep
What we put into our bodies has a profound effect on our daily energy levels. While it is convenient to snack on junk food or eat out at fast food establishments, doing so frequently can hinder our athletic performance. This is why you see many top-level athletes working with nutritionists and being selective about what they eat. This is not to say that you must be a top-level athlete or rich to eat healthy; however, it does take a little extra planning and discipline. Try researching the healthy foods that you like, monitoring the portions you eat, paying attention to your eating schedule, and making small incremental changes over time as opposed to radical ones. Give it a shot and your body will thank you!
Secondly, sleep is just as important. Have you ever had a restless night of sleep or lack thereof? If so, I’m sure you spent the next day groggy! This shows up in your training as well. When we haven’t gotten sufficient sleep our reflexes are slower, it’s more difficult to concentrate, and we are sluggish. Everyone requires a different amount of sleep; therefore, it is important for you to know what works for you. Be sure to get adequate sleep to be at your best on the mat!
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