The Athlete’s Quick Guide Series: Overcome Stress
Reducing stress is paramount to succeeding in any endurance sport. Physical activity causes mental fatigue which eventually challenges an athlete’s will to go on. Aside from training, there are other life matters that can further inhibit performance. In this guide you will find how professional athletes manage stress.
Step 1: Evaluate Yourself Using these 5 Questions
1. Are you Hydrated? Drink a glass of water
2. Have you eaten in the past three hours? Not eating protein within three hours may trigger a stress response in your body; especially if your routine includes eating food six times a day.
3. Are you Stretching before and after workouts? Use compound stretching before and static after training. Stretching increases circulation while regulating lactic acid and cortisol.
4. Are you Listening to Music? Prolong silence can trick your mind in to believing it needs to find someone, by elevating stress levels.
5. Are you Over-training? Your body’s strength comes from training but develops when you are resting. If you are training six or seven days a week, you may not giving your body an appropriate time to rest.
Step 2: Your Diet
A balanced diet is important and as an athlete it’s important how you are eating as well. Changing your diet or not eating enough can cause stress.
- Avoid carbohydrates one hour before bed. Carbohydrates raise insulin levels in the body and initially blocks natural HGH production (human growth hormone).
- Eat six times a day. If you are doing intense physical activity, it’s important you are eating enough protein and consuming more calories than you are burning. By eating throughout the day you help your body up-regulate metabolism and adapt to nutrient consumption.
- Avoid Foods High in Saturated Fat and aim for foods with Mono-unsaturated fat.
Step 3: Manage Life Events
Before any game it’s important to rekindle any problem that may be sitting in the back of your mind. Relationships, debt, and promises. Confronting your issues by addressing them with those associated, will always help alleviate stress.
Step 4: Sleep
Doctors recommend a minimum of 6 hours of sleep a day. Some individuals take years to adapt to a different sleeping schedule. If you have the flexibility to sleep before 12am; this may cause you to stay in REM sleep, rather than induce interrupted sleep by sleeping late.
Step 5: Natural Supplements
There are natural remedies that help athletes deal with stress.
6 of the 9 ingredients in IntelliGrind, our endurance supplement, have been shown in peer-reviewed scientific research to reduce mental stress and fatigue. That means longer periods of sustained mental focus and physical performance.
These methods may greatly reduce the stress you may be feeling, but always consult a doctor before self-diagnosing yourself. Alleviating stress is an effective way to improve your physical and creative performance.
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