1: TRAFFIC – Leave a few minutes earlier than necessary. Stay alert, take some deep relaxing breaths and think about your massage scheduled later in your day.
2. SLEEP – Everyone benefits from a good night’s sleep, but student athletes are recommended to have even more sleep which is when the body rejuvenates itself after the day’s hard activities. A recent study in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics found that athletes who slept an average of fewer than 8 hours per night were 1.7 times more likely to have had an injury compared with athletes who slept for more than 8 hours. Encouraging young athletes to get optimal amounts of sleep may help protect them against athletic injuries.¹ High school athletes can also benefit from adding regular sports massage sessions into their training regimens.
3. WORKOUT and/or YOGA! – Back to school is a great time for BACK-to-the-GYM!. It’s hard to get to the gym or yoga during the busy summer months. Putting the kids and family first has cut into your daily routine, now is the time to put yourself and your health first. Call your personal trainer to schedule a couple of refresher sessions. Try a new yoga teacher or studio for a change of pace.
4. SNACKS – My favorite snack is the new Trader’s Joe Mixed Nut Butter on celery sticks or apples. It’s just a mix of healthy nuts and sea salt with no added sugar! Keep snacks healthy with plenty of fruits and veggies. Steer clear of sugary and processed foods. If it says “natural” or “healthy” on the label, it probably isn’t! Apples don’t have labels.
5. MASSAGE – Take time for yourself after a busy summer. Now is YOUR time for relaxation, rejuvenation and getting back into your wellness routine. If you’re getting started into a regular exercise routine, training for a race, or just headed back to yoga class, a regular wellness massage program will reduce your stress and pain which will likely make you feel better! Massage can also lead to an improved range of motion and/or sensation of strength which Cross Fitters and yogis LOVE!
¹ Chronic lack of sleep is associated with increased sports injuries in adolescent athletes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25028798