3 New Year’s Resolutions for 2020 -- Inspiration for Student Athletes
Around this time every year, people start to think of resolutions for the new year. People tend to have mixed feelings on resolutions… a lot of people think that New Year’s resolutions are pointless, mainly because it seems like an excuse to put off tasks or important transformations that can be completed now.
It’s important to remind yourself that you don’t need to wait until 12 am on January 1st, 2020, though; you can officially start your New Year’s resolution(s)...right now! It’s never too early to make a positive change in your life -- plus, what’s the point in waiting over two weeks to do something beneficial for yourself?
If you really must wait until the new year, no one will stop you (however, it doesn’t hurt to start now)! It’s understandable for people to perceive the new year as a clean slate and a fresh start and there’s nothing wrong with thinking that way. Keep in mind that it’s not necessary to set unrealistic goals for yourself -- look at the start of 2020 as an opportunity to kick unhealthy habits and implement more healthy lifestyle choices into your daily routine! And if you don’t have a resolution yet, don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Continue reading to get some New Year’s resolutions inspiration.
1. Commit to drinking more water!
It might seem pretty simple and common sense, but people often forget throughout their daily lives to stay hydrated. It’s surprisingly easy to get caught up in everyday mundane tasks without even realizing that you haven’t drank water all day! It’s important for athletes to stay hydrated for their health and athletic performance all around. You don’t need to chug an entire gallon of water -- that might not be a good idea! -- but make sure to sip on water throughout the day so that you don’t become dehydrated and feel fatigued. Sanford Health recommends primarily water as the main drink necessary in order to maintain hydration and restore electrolytes that get lost when you sweat. Don’t forget to bring a decent water bottle (check out this one or this one!) that can keep your water fairly cool throughout the day while you’re at practice or during a game, that way you will have access to water out on the field (you can’t always rely on a water fountain being around)!
2. Improve your diet and make healthier eating choices.
It’s okay to treat (pun intended) yourself with your favorite desserts -- cheat days are perfectly acceptable! We all deserve to enjoy a glazed donut or a slice (or three...just kidding) of chocolate cake every once in awhile. However, an overall improvement on your general food intake can make a world of difference and improve your weight, health, athletic performance, stamina and endurance as well as your physical and mental health. Small changes such as eating breakfast and packing a small, healthy snack will get you on the right check. Nutrition is essential for energy and eating the proper foods is what will ultimately improve how you are as an athlete and as a person (are you interested in some nutrition tips for student athletes? Click on this link to an article from the University of Rochester Medical Center!) Lastly, CoachUp Nation brings up a good point -- a lot of athletes tend to believe that they can eat whatever they want to before a big game or a long practice, and maybe they feel alright, but why wouldn’t you do whatever you can to perform and feel even better?
3. Prioritize your mental health.
Don’t forget that how you feel off the field both mentally and physically is just as important as how you perform in the sport you play. Remember to take care of yourself and be mindful about how your both your body and mind feel (not to mention, feeling your best and making smart choices outside of your sport will also help you as an athlete -- you will feel much more confident and capable while playing). ActiveKids recommends staying present and being mindful by participating in yoga or meditation -- remember to keep yourself grounded as much as possible when life feels chaotic or overwhelming! Don’t be too hard on yourself and avoid putting too much pressure on yourself (pressure is only beneficial if it’s healthy and not overdone).
All in all, resolutions are great, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself!
Keep in mind that it’s okay to fail sometimes as long as you learn from it and apply it to your life in the future when you need to -- the same goes for your New Year’s resolution(s)! If you don’t successfully implement your resolution the first time, don’t beat yourself up and just start again. Use the start of the new year as a way to start new and put past bad habits or negative thoughts in the past. It’s great to set resolutions related to the sport you play, but don’t forget to set resolutions for your own mental health/personal life, too. Prioritizing your own mental health and life outside of sports is important. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself in that area to the point that it affects your life outside of it. 2020 is almost here and it’s time for you to show it who’s boss! Here’s to a great New Year!