Happy New Year From Softball Roses!
2013 is here and that means a new season of softball is only weeks away! We hope you’ve been keeping in shape throughout the fall and winter. Many of us are setting goals and resolutions for the new year, so we thought it would be a good time to review some essentials for nurturing your body and mind so that you can perform your best!
5 Important Performance Enhancing Nutritional Tips
- Don’t leave out breakfast.
Are you always in a rush to school or work each morning? Many of us hit the snooze button on the alarm clock until the last minute and then we rush to get dressed and get out the door without refueling our bodies. Foods that contain carbohydrates, protein, and fat are essential.
“Some good food choices to start your day are, fresh fruit, yogurt with fresh fruit, toast with peanut butter, toast with low fat cheese or whole grain cereals with milk.”
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day. We hear it all the time, but if you were to log how much water you drink each day, you will probably be surprised how little you drink. Eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids a day has been a general rule and it is supported by doctors. But if you are working out (especially in the sun), you may need more replenishment during those times. Sports drinks with electrolytes are a great choice before your work out. Don’t forget to drink fluids between innings and on breaks.
“Consumption of adequate fluid before, during and after strenuous activities can help maintain blood glucose levels during exercise, and maximize your performance.”
- Eat foods high in carbohydrates. Pastas, breads, fruits, and smoothies are just a few great examples to make sure you body has the energy it needs during your work outs.
“Have a snack at least 1 hour before a workout. Good snack choices may consist of granola bar, large banana, or even a ½ bagel.”
- Skip the vitamin and mineral supplements. If you are eating right, these aren’t needed. There may be some situations where supplements should be used, leave it to the professionals and consult your doctor to help you decide.
- Remember Your Time After Exercise Activity. Often overlooked, but just as important as your pre-exercise routines is to make sure you are taking care of your body after strenuous physical activity. Drink 3 cups or more of water to rehydrate your body after physical activity. And also make sure to eat after physical activity to replenish nutrients that were used up.
“One way to check your hydration level is to check the color of your urine. If the color is dark yellow, more consumption of water or sports drink is needed.”
By keeping these simple tips in mind throughout the year, you will be preparing your body and mind so that it can be ready to perform at it’s best when you need it the most. You may be young and healthy, but when you are competing with top athletes, you’ll need every bit of edge you can get. Start forming good habits now while you are young and you’ll see the rewards later on in your career.
“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” – Aristotle
Have any recommendations on how you prepare yourself for the season? Share them in our comments below.
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High school athletes find unique and memorable ways to incorporate baseball and football into their senior portraits
Welcome back to school! The Class of 2013 embarks on their final year in high school by preparing for senior portraits.
In our last article, we shared some tips from photographers on how to prepare for a high school senior portrait session. We also featured ideas for softball players, so we wanted to continue where we left off by finding some great ideas that can used for baseball and football themed senior photos.
We encourage our seniors to express themselves by incorporating hobbies, sports and interests into their senior portrait session. Resulting in creative senior photos for you to cherish forever.
–K Jay Photos, Madison, Wisconsin
To help get some ideas flowing for baseball and football themed senior portraits, we searched the web to collect some unique, fun, and artistic examples of what other players have done in the past.
You only get one high school senior year, so make sure that a few poses during the senior portrait session find a way to incorporate the player’s passion for baseball and/or football.
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It’s “Back to School” and softball players are finding unique ways to express their passion for the sport during high school senior photos.
Congratulations to the Class of 2013! Good luck on the upcoming school year. Cherish every moment.
High school seniors have many important to-dos to check off during preparations for their final year before graduation. One very important appointment is to schedule a high school portrait session with a local photographer. K Jay Photos of Madison Wisconsin offers this important advice on when to schedule a senior portrait photo shoot, “the sooner the better…our schedule fills up quickly during the summer and we suggest you reserve your spot while you still can.”
Once an appointment has been set, the next questions to think about and plan for are: What to wear? Where to get photographed? What else to bring?
K Jay Photos offers a 10 helpful clothing tips to help seniors decide on their clothing selection. The photographer should also discuss location options for the photo shoot prior to the scheduled session.
We encourage our seniors to express themselves by incorporating hobbies, sports and interests into their senior portrait session. Resulting in creative senior photos for you to cherish forever. -K Jay Photos
To help softball players decide the what’s and where’s of softball-themed senior portraits, we searched the web to collect some fun examples of what other players have done in the past. At least one photo during the session should find a way to incorporate the player’s passion for softball.
Softball Rose Tip: If we may toot our own horn for just a moment, we think an amazing and unique idea to include in softball senior portraits are Softball Roses!
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