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With winter in full swing, it’s time to start preparing for the following spring sporting season. That means no matter what sport you take part in you should start preparing your schedule, mindset, and body for whatever recreational sports team you plan to be a part of. Whether it’s baseball, soccer, or football, there are plenty of things you need to consider planning for. So, let’s get started and start preparing you for the spring season of 2018.
1. Join a Sports Group
The first thing you should do to prepare for the upcoming sports season is to join a sports group or club. Although this may seem obvious, you don’t want to wait until the last-minute to sign-up for a team and end up being the odd one out. In fact, joining a sports group early on may mean practices before the sports season starts to help you prepare even more. This pre-season training can help you get in better shape and help you make new friends for the spring season.
However, if you sign up for the team late, you may miss out on the opportunity to improve your skills and bond with your teammates. In fact, there may not even be room for you on the team. Plus, signing up early gives you plenty of time to submit any paperwork or fees that may be required by the organization.
2. Train with Your Peers
It may seem easier to train alone, but it’s not nearly as fun to train as a group or among your peers. This gives you the chance to hone your athletic skills and get to know your team. Plus, most athletes train faster when they’re working with another person, and they can give a little more push to their workout. Also, friendly competition with your friends is always a healthy approach to exercise and sports.
Additionally, you will also have access to professional knowledge. If you hire a coach to review your technique, you can use them to improve your performance and your whole team’s performance. This can help you to become the best athlete that you can be and do your best the whole season long.
3. Focus on Physical Conditioning
In preparation for your next sports season, you should primarily focus on physical conditioning. No matter what sport you are playing, physical conditioning is crucial. It can help you to boost strength and endurance, so you will be able to play better during the season.
To help you out, you should print a calendar to keep track of your progress and organize your work out times. Additionally, you should also maintain a practice log for the exercises you did and how long you worked out for.
This way, you can work on building your endurance and conditioning without the pressure of having to do it with a team. With a practice journal, you can set exercises where you work on your physical conditioning, not the physical conditioning of the entire team.
4. Set Achievable Goals
Setting achievable goals is crucial to your success as an athlete. Really think about where your skills fall short and what you would like to do better. Whether it be improving a certain skill, beating a personal record, or even setting aside time to practice on a regular basis, write down a few achievable goals you hope to complete by the end of the season. This is a great technique to use to continually improve your performance and do even better than the year before. Once your sports season is over, you can work on creating a new list of goals to work on.
5. Maintain a Healthy Diet
In addition to exercising, you should also be watching what you eat. While preparing for your next sports season, it’s never been more important to maintain a healthy diet. Eating junk food and soda every day can severely cripple your motivation to work out and ruin your performance when next season rolls around.
You should focus on eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, protein, and grains to have the right energy and attitude to exercise. Consuming foods high in starch, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and the like will only weigh you and your whole team down.
There is plenty to prepare for in the next sports season. Whether it be setting new goals or training with your peers and eating a healthier diet, the number of things to consider when thinking about a new sports season is nearly limitless. Hopefully, with the help of this guide, you could get a few ideas and build on your own goals you hope to succeed by the start of the upcoming spring season.