Take a break:
You have been practicing and competing for 5+ days per week for over two months. Whether you know it or not, you are physically and emotionally tired. It is so important to take some time for your body to rest, whether it’s a few days or a few weeks.
Identify goals for yourself:
It order to accomplish anything in the off-season, you have to make goals for yourself. Some possible goal could include getting stronger, gaining speed, building up endurance, improving flexibility, or refining technique.
Make a detailed plan:
To hold yourself accountable, it is a good idea to make a daily plan for yourself. This could be either a daily workout plan or a meal plan. If you don’t know what you are supposed to do every day, you might be tempted to use this as an excuse to slack off. Look to Pinterest or the internet for ideas for workout routines or meal ideas.
Put all of your plans into action:
Once the off-season hits, you will be ready to rock if you know what goals you want to meet and have a detailed plan in place. Stay committed to your plan knowing that if you follow it, you will see improvement in your overall fitness and your skills. Don’t make excuses if you skip a day, just admit your fault and come back harder the following day.
-Try something new! Your body has been doing the same motions for months now. It is extremely healthy both mentally and physically to switch up your usual routine. If you just got done running cross country, try lifting some weight. If you played volleyball, maybe hit the track. You can also explore some more alternative workouts like yoga, swimming, or even jazzercise to broaden your horizons.
-Stay organized! Most athletes often say that they are the most organized during a sports season. This is because they have to stick to a strict schedule in order to complete their homework and be involved in extracurriculars. Make a plan for after school so you can use your extra time efficiently.
-Get involved! Now that you have some more free time since you don’t have practice after school every day, get more involved in the school community or even in your own home! Attend club meetings, volunteer at school events, go to other sports games, and spend time with your family members!