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Keeping Your Athletes Fit Over the Summer

When school is over, it’s like a switch goes off in the minds of lots of kids. All of the hard work they did throughout the school year, both physically and academically, go out the window. Summer is a time for fun, and they stop doing the things that made them successful. This is often true with athletes who get out of shape over the summer break.

While the kids don’t have to train as hard as they did during the school year, they can’t give up their training entirely. They still need to keep fit. It will help them to stay healthier, and it can reduce the risk of a sports-related injury later. Below, we will be looking at some of the things that they can do.

Keep Hydrated

It’s summer, and you are going to be hotter than you realize. Even when working out inside, athletes are going to be depleting water in their bodies. If they don’t rehydrate before heading out, they could lose more water than they realize. It’s a good idea to always have a bottle of water handy.

Don’t Exercise Outside During the Hottest Part of the Day

Exercising outside, whether it’s swimming, jogging, playing basketball, etc. can be a lot of fun. However, it can also be dangerous if it is done during the hottest part of the day. There is not just the risk of dehydration, as mentioned, but also heatstroke.

Start with Low-Intensity Exercise

Athletes should always start with some low-intensity exercises and warmups before they move on to the main workout. This helps the blood start to flow, and it reduces the risk of injury.

Mix Up the Types of Workouts

To ensure that the kids don’t get bored with the workouts, they need to be changed up. Add weight training, swimming, hiking, interval training, etc. The key to ensuring that people are staying fit is to ensure they have plenty of fun and interesting things to do for exercise, not just the same old types of drills and workouts they have during the school year.

Get Rest

Although keeping fit over the summer is important, you shouldn’t exercise too much. You want to stay in shape, but you don’t want to burn yourself out. Make sure you are getting plenty of rest each night, so you can recover. Have a couple of off days each week where you can rest your body, too.

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