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3 Resolutions Athletes can make for a Healthy New Year

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 27, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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New Year’s resolutions are not just for adults anymore. Young lacrosse players can join in the fun, too. As 2020 begins, we have a few simple ideas for aspiring New York Lizards who want to have a successful and healthy New Year on and off the lacrosse field.

How Lacrosse Players can have a Happy, Healthy New Year

When making New Year’s resolutions, there are lots of possibilities. You might want to consider spending more time throwing the ball against a wall or attending more professional lacrosse games.

But, if you want have a healthy New Year, focusing on the basics, like nutrition, exercise and sleep might be more the ticket.

1)      Make Proper Nutrition a Priority

A balanced diet is one of the keys to success in lacrosse. It can make a difference in how well your body performs in practice and in games.

What you can do in 2020

  • Eat breakfast every day
  • Bring a healthy snack to school
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables

Since it can be difficult to change your whole diet at once, try making gradual changes over time.

A graphic of four foods that will help you have a healthy new year.

2)      Get in Shape

To make your lacrosse team, you will need to be in top form in the spring. If you make a resolution to work out regularly, you can give yourself an incentive that will likely pay off when you report to tryouts.

Whether you choose to jog more often or hit the weight room more, the start of the New Year is the perfect opportunity to begin creating new healthier habits. If you start a new work out routine January 1, you might be surprised at what you could achieve before 2020 ends.

3)      Sleep Better

If your goal is to be an all-star athlete in the New Year, sleeping better should be on your list of resolutions. It’s generally recommended that everyone receive between seven to 10 hours of sleep a night, especially the night before a game.

While it might not seem as important as nutrition or exercise, a good night’s rest is one of the secrets to success in athletics. Rest and recovery are always important, because they help to recharge and repair your muscles.

Players raise sticks in celebration of a healthy new year.

By making a few resolutions before the ball drops, you can give yourself the motivation to make small changes that will help you have a healthy New Year, full of filthy takeaways and no-look passes and game-winning goals.

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