So football season is here. It’s a great time of year as summer ends and fall arrives. We get excited to watch big games and root on our favorite teams. It’s a time to get together with friends and celebrate and have fun. But sometimes we have too much fun. After a weekend of watching football, we can experience lethargy and brain fog from eating unhealthy foods and lack of movement and exercise.
Now, before you get defensive, I’m not telling you that you need to abandon your football party habits. I’m just going to give you a few suggestions on how to enjoy the big games and feel better when it’s all over.
1. Schedule physical activity before and after games- It’s simple, before the big game, hit the gym or go for a run or a bike ride. If you’ve got several games to watch just make sure you fit in some exercise during the downtime. You’ll feel more energized for the game and your body will thank you for getting out and moving
2. Eat healthy meals and snacks around the games- I get it. You don’t want to be the guy eating salad as your buddies knock down nachos and brats. Have a healthy snack before the game. You will feel better and you will still be able to munch some game food, but you will be less likely to over indulge which will leave you feeling better later.
3. Moderation- This is an easy one. We’ve all felt the effects of over indulgence. Dial it back a bit. Enjoy the food and drink, but remember you have to function after the game. Make sure you’re feeling up to it.
4. Plan around the big weekend- If you know you’re going to be spending your weekend watching football with friends, get yourself in game shape. During the week prior eat healthy, exercise and get plenty of rest. Remember you’re training for some hardcore leisure. Also, have a recovery game plan. After the big weekend make sure you plan some healthy meals and workouts to cleanse your body and get you back on track.
We all love football and the social interaction that surrounds it. That’s never going to change. We just need to be mindful of our habits. By making a few changes and having a plan we can enjoy the games and come out of the weekend feeling energized, focused and ready to get on with the game of life.
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