Tomorrow marks the begging of cross country preseason at my school. Honestly, I have mixed emotions about this week. On one hand I am a bit bummed because it is the last week of summer and I will be spending it at school and waking up early. However, on the other hand I am looking forward to seeing friends that I have not seen in a long time and starting off the season! Preseason does not have to be a bad thing if you prepare right and have a good attitude, so I thought I would share a few of my tips.
+Get a Good Night Sleep
Gettting lots of sleep the night before a big workout is so crucial. Try to make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before so that you can wake up refreshed and ready to go!
+Eat a Healthy Breakfast
I will never understand people that don't eat breakfast in the morning. I need to fuel up for the day or else I will be super tired, dizzy, and of course hungry! I try to eat something light, filling, and healthy to avoid cramps during the workout. I find that yogurt, granola and fruit works the best for me, or an omelette if I have time!
+Drink Lots of Water
Make sure to not only bring a big water to practice but also drink lots before and afterwards. Chances are that it is pretty hot out, so staying hydrated should be your number one priority!
+Buy New Workout Wear
I don't know about you but having new athletic clothes makes be 100x more excited and motivated to workout. Treat yourself to something nice from your favorite brand (I love Lululemon)!
Hopefully, you made an effort over the summer to workout and start to get in shape for the sport that you will be participating in! If you did some practicing over the summer, preseason should be a lot easier!
Stretching is so important! During your preseason activities, there is a good chance you will be working muscles that you haven't used in a long time. There would be nothing worse than starting the season out with a pulled muscle. Take 5 minutes at the end of the workout and do a few stretches so you don't wake up sore the next day!
Preseason marks the very beginning of your sport, so figure out some things you want to achieve over the next few months! This will help increase your motivation and leave you satisfied at the end of your season if you know you accomplished it!
What are your tips to surviving preseason?
Preppy by the Sea