Saying goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019 can be bittersweet for athletes. Some scored their
first goal, while others made their first assist. Some broke personal records, while others just
joined the team or started learning the rules of the game.
However their 2018 athletic journey ended, most athletes are gearing up for 2019 in hopes that
it will be their best year on the field yet! If your New Year’s resolution has anything to do with
becoming a better athlete, we have a few tips and tricks for how to stay on track all year long.
What’s your 2019 New Year’s resolution?
To be better, faster, stronger
A little effort every day can go a long way! Make it a point to do a set number of
push-ups, sit-ups, or squats every day, or go for a daily jog around your neighborhood. The best
part about this fitness hack is that you don’t need a gym membership or a personal coach to
stay on course and keep your resolution. However, since most athletes do have a team coach,
make sure to keep your eyes and ears open during each practice to pick up a few extra tips.
You can even do some research on your own for how to improve your skills in 2019.
To be a team player both on and off the field
Putting in the effort to connect with your teammates can not only improve your
game but can improve your attitude both on and off the field. Declare it your resolution to attend
more team activities or to host more team get-togethers yourself. Invite the team to your house,
out to catch a movie, or to grab some food on the weekends. Make an extra effort to bond with
teammates who you might not know as well as some of your other friends on the team. Be more
mindful about passing the ball more often or cheering louder and more often from the sidelines.To be a team player doesn’t necessarily mean winning the game for your team, but it does
require being there for your teammates no matter what the final score is.
To take care of my body
Eating healthy and exercising is just the beginning of this New Year’s resolution.
Taking care of your body also means wearing warm pants and jackets outside in the cold,
moisturizing dry skin, massaging sore muscles, and wearing protective gear, such as Hocsocx,
to keep your body in tip top shape! It also means practicing good hygiene, staying home when
you’re ill, and keeping yourself healthy. Especially for competitive athletes, taking care of your
body requires pushing yourself far enough without pushing too hard, knowing your personal
limits, and giving yourself a rest.
To stay mentally fit
While colleges look for well-rounded athletes to join their teams and award
scholarships, it’s just as important to keep your mind agile for your own personal growth,
triumphs, and peace of mind. Pay attention in class, study more often than just the night before
an exam, read for pleasure in addition to your school work, indulge in a crossword or sudoku
puzzle once in a while, or download mind games or apps to help you think faster and in different
ways. Staying mentally fit helps athletes succeed off the field as well as on the field in stressful
situations during a game, or in emergencies at practices or away games.
To enjoy the game as well as the process of growing as an athlete
Always keep in mind the reasons you fell in love with your sport and make a point
of reminding yourself (for example in a daily journal) why you started playing, how much you’ve
grown, and the goals you want to achieve on the field. Mark down your personal records and
reward yourself every time you break one. Keep track of not only the goals you’ve scored or
saved, but how far and fast you’re able to run, how many push-ups you’re now able to do, etc.
Pat yourself on the back for making it through a tough practice or intense game and take a
mental note when you’re having fun to enjoy the moment.