I have gotten the opportunity over the past few weeks to work with multiple sports teams at a local university. The experience has been amazing because it makes me realize so many things about how health is perceived at different life stages. Even though these athletes are around 19 years old, I have seen how we all can be naive about our health at any age.
The biggest idea that I have really stressed during my time with the athletes is an idea that I think we need to be reminded of on a daily basis. We have to remember that health is not a “one day fixes all” phenomenon. One day of eating well cannot “fix” all our ailments or health problems. Specifically, these athletes have to understand that they have to consistently put good fuel into their body to perform well. They can’t wait until the day before a match or a game to start their health journey. Health is a combination of choices over time.
Now that doesn’t mean that we can’t change our choices and start to pursue a healthier lifestyle. Small tweaks throughout the day can help gradually change habits and improve health. That may mean focusing on slowing down while eating or drinking one less soda throughout the day. All of these small changes can eventually turn in to habits and do amazing things for you, physically and emotionally.
What is one small thing that you can do today to start the journey on improving your health?
Katherine Horner, MS, RD, LD, NASM-CPT, CES
Surgical Weight Loss Dietitian & Exercise Specialist