By: Iya Lindahl
When I was coaching and training at Jackson Strength there were often kids who we would only see sporadically.
When I asked them why they hadn't been in the gym lately, they would say they just didn't have time. But when a high school athlete says that, all I really hear is, "I have no idea how to manage my time".
During my senior year, I had a lot on my plate with AP courses, volleyball practice, lifting weights and preparing of my meals. So, when anyone tells me they don't have time to lift, I just know it isn't true.
- Studying actually pays off! Also— Quizlet is super helpful. It’s frustrating that I’m now realizing that by putting in a few more hours for each test I could have been doing a lot better, but it is definitely something I will take into account next semester.
- BUDGET YOUR MONEY! Food and other expenses cost more in Northern California and my bank account is not the first witness to that. One thing that has helped me tremendously is setting a weekly budget.
Many people make “New Year’s Resolutions” that they can’t even remember by the next New Year’s Eve. But this year, I plan on keeping mine.
Most people’s resolutions usually are about eating healthier or exercising more. But for the people who already do those things it is vital to take care of your body so that you can continue. I am always a go, go, go person and I rarely give myself time to recover.
Almost everyone has heard of the detox fad. Most of these diets claim that by drinking fruit or vegetable juices and eating nothing for a period of days, the body can be cleansed of harmful toxins. But what kind of toxins are really in the body that will go away by starving yourself and only drinking juice?
The toxins we ingest usually arrive on our food via pollution in our environment. And yes it isn't good to ingest poison, but even the food we love can be poison to us in large quantities. In the end, our health is dictated by the amount of what we intake.
As part of a division one program, we wake up early to go to practice.
As part of the number one public school, we go to sleep late after studying.
Although this schedule maximizes the day, it leaves sleep as the last priority. This may be a good plan for a few weeks, but when the lack of sleep catches up with your body it’s game over.
The bench press is possibly the most stereotypical, “buff guy” lift in the gym. Go to any LA Fitness and you’ll see people benching with cringe-worthy technique, walking away with more aches and pains than an increase in muscle. But even in a more professional gym with coaches that are monitoring technique, the bench press is simply not a beneficial exercise for baseball players.
In our culture that is obsessed with physical appearance, different myths about nutrition constantly rise and fall. Sometimes, these myths are even circulated into the athletic community with the misnomer to improve performance.
In our culture of super-hype on superfoods, it’s hard to distinguish between what is magic and what is just food. All rhymes aside, there are a few foods according to Kamal Patel’s 4 science-based “superfoods” you should consider eating, that prove to be very beneficial.