Creating habits that stick tend to increase your work ethic both on and off the field. Not only will your productivity skyrocket, but so will your mood in general. At True Lacrosse, we emphasize putting in the work to see results. While the colder months are coming, it’s easy to fall into a slump and slack off. It’s more important now than ever a routine and healthy habits that work best for you to help prepare you for the spring. Here are some helpful tips to help you implement healthy habits into your daily routine this winter.
Set yourself up for success by taking an hour or two at the beginning of each week to mentally prepare yourself for what’s ahead. By laying out your week’s responsibilities, you will be able to tackle your week one day at a time with less stress. But, don’t be so hard on yourself if you don’t get something checked off on your to-do list.
Find an exercise routine that works for you. Focus on cardio, but also implement weight training and core training into your workout routines. Doing cardio off the field will help your agility and speed for when you return outdoors. Whether it is in the morning, a mid-day break, or at night, find an hour for yourself and try to sweat once a day.
Stick to a Healthy Diet
While exercise is necessary to stay in shape, nutrition is equally as important. As athletes train and practice, they must fill and fuel their bodies with the proper nutrition it needs. Incorporating proper nutrition and a solid workout routine is how you set yourself up to thrive. Enjoy treats, and more importantly, the holiday treats, but do it in moderation.
Give Yourself a Break When Needed
Listen to your body. Take a day off and let your body rest if you need to. In fact, rest days are essential for yourself to recover and refuel. If you need a day off from exercise, take a day off. That rest is the giving you the push you need to continue gaining momentum in your workout routine.
Remember, while these practices will help you to be more productive and stay on top of your game, everyone is different. Try implementing one or two new healthy habits a week at a time and see what works best for your daily lifestyle. Hold yourself accountable this winter to be your best self and find tendencies that will stick through the spring.