Before worrying about the big match on the court it is important to make sure that our bodies are in proper order. Staying hydrated on hot summer days is imperative in making sure we achieve success. Here are some tips for staying properly hydrated and being game ready:
- Keep a consistent water intake. Our bodies can last approximately 3 weeks without food, but without water our bodies can usually only last about 3 days so it is important that we keep a consistent water intake. Not only does our body contain about 70-75% water, having a proper water balance is essential for maintaining blood circulation and maintaining body temperature. When we exercise our internal body temperature increases so it is important that we always have water by our side. The recommended water amount per day is approximately one gallon! While that sounds like a lot it is surprising how much water we drink when it’s always by our side. You can add a sprig of mint, handful of raspberries, or a squirt of lemon to give a subtle flavor to your water.
- Use Gatorade sparingly. There is nothing wrong with Gatorade, there are a lot of good ingredients in Gatorade including electrolytes that help replenish what are bodies lose when we sweat… but, it is also filled with sugar. I am a bit old fashioned when it comes to this issue, many people will tell you that Gatorade is good for long intense workouts in intense heat and that is true, but no one has ever fainted from drinking water. Gatorade itself has water, but it also has sucrose syrup and glucose-fructose syrup as well as ester gum (an emulsifier, made from wood) and sucrose acetate isobutyrate (an artificial flavoring). A general rule may be that if you are having trouble pronouncing some of the ingredients, that beverage should be only used in moderation. A simple alternative if you’re tired of water is coconut water. Coconut water keeps our bodies in proper order when we start losing nutrients through sweat. This is amazing for recovery and can be used in place of Gatorade or Pedialyte.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain lots of water and nutrients that keep our bodies hydrated and healthy. It’s important that we consistently keep our bodies supplied with fruits and vegetables and keep the bad energy out while replenishing our bodies with positive energy that also helps keeps us hydrated. Another added bonus is that your skin will look flawless and dewy on account of the plethora of antioxidants.
Recent reports state that drinking alkaline water helps decrease wrinkles, increase mobility and provide an energy boost.
Regardless of the brand of water you choose, there are many benefits to drinking water consistently and maintaining a healthy diet. Staying hydrated is essential to our wellbeing and when we work out we need to make sure we are properly replenishing our lost fuels. Staying consistently hydrated by drinking a gallon of water a day, eating fruits and vegetables consistently and staying away from sugary drinks are all some of the preliminary steps we can take that can get our bodies in prime shape for championship performance.
In order to play like a champion it’s important to dress like one. Footwear is especially significant in tennis because of the importance of speed and agility. Not only did Wimbledon feature some of the years’ best tennis but also showcased a sea of white and a plethora of different brands in footwear. When it comes down to it, the biggest question for tennis enthusiasts is what equipment is going to make me the best athlete. Well, let’s start at the top…or should we say the foot.
Novak Djokovic was seen sporting the Adidas Barricade 7. His special edition shoe features his signature logos including a Reiki symbol representing energy and protection. This shoe is built to keep break-in to a minimum and provide superior traction on hard courts. Adidas also offers many recreational tennis shoes starting at $50.
Wimbledon saw Federer sporting the Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour. These shoes are even lighter and faster than ever before and feature Nike’s Adaptive Fit construction. Legendary Nike designer, Tinker Hatfield, and Roger himself, focused on designing a shoe with the comfort of a running shoe, immersed with elegant touches and ultimate playability. If your style of play is more in line with Rafael Nadal you have to check out the Nike Lunar Ballistic 1.5 shoe, which features more breathability and often comes with a 6-month durability guarantee.
Other popular shoes worn by some of the world’s greats include Asics Gel Resolution 6 (Gael Monfils), Yonex Power Cushion Pro (Stan Wawrinka) or Milos Raonic wearing the New Balance 996v2.
There is no “wrong” or “right” choice when choosing footwear for tennis, it’s all about preference and compatibility. Whether you channel your favorite athlete or choose based on style, make sure you find the right style for you…your game depends on it.
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In tennis, as well as in all aspects of life, it is imperative to gain that “edge” over your opponent. Whether it is on the courts of Wimbledon or behind your desk at work, it is crucial to find that advantage that puts you one step ahead of the pack. Finding that extra motivation is not easy, but we all have it, it just depends on how we use the cards that are dealt us.
So how do we gain that “winning edge?” What do the great ones do that others fail to do that puts them above the rest? First of all, it all begins with your mentality. Baseball legend Yogi Berra once said that “baseball is 90 percent mental.” This adage can be applied to all aspects of life as well. It is imperative to approach everything with the mindset that you are better than your opponent and while there is a fine line between arrogance and confidence we should always error on the former. Approaching a situation with the mindset that you are better gives you the expectation of success, and expecting success instead of “hoping” for success makes it much more difficult for us to accept defeat.
Also, in contrast to the previous statement, it is ok, even necessary to accept defeat. Nobody wins a tennis match without losing some sets and games within. Focus on the war, but also accept the fact that you are going to lose some battles within that war. You can think of the best competitors around and they’ve all had losses that they had to deal with in their paths to success, the key is being able to factor in your losses as a building block in your road to success. Roger Federer is an excellent example of such a predicament. It was Federer who reeled off five consecutive titles at Wimbledon between 2003 and 2007 but Federer was recently humbled in his defeat at Wimbledon this year at the hands of Novak Djokovic. Yet with his defeat, Federer showed why he has been on top so many times exclaiming afterwards: “I thought he played great. I didn’t play bad myself. That’s how it goes. I am still very hungry and motivated to keep playing.” Federer realizes that there are bumps in the road but that those bumps should only feed as further drive to future accomplishments.
Your edge is part of your mental preparation and pregame before a match. Don’t take yourself out of the game before it begins, go into attack mode and always know that wherever you go, whatever you do, you are the best out there.
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Peanut Butter Blast Protein Smoothie
This smoothie is both delicious and energizing! It has the perfect blend of mono-fats, protein and carbs that get you ready to dominate the competition on court all morning long.
Ingredients: (one serving)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- ½ scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter (this can be almond or cashew butter)
- 3 ice cubes
- 1.5 cups of almond milk
Blend until smooth… Sip in the deliciousness
Over the last few years, men’s on court fashion has seen a shift from the traditional sporting brands to now incorporate the more fashion trendy names that are not usually associated with sporting attire. One such brand is Uniqlo. Continue reading
The crossover between fashion and sports has been building for the past few years. We have even seen a couture sneaker revolution, which is a growing trend because of the high value of sports in society. Since the feminist movements of the 60’s, women have been exposing their internal and external power for the entire world to see.
Newer tennis brands are taking the market by storm because of their fashion forward, sleek designs. Making them alluring, interesting, and wearable all at the same time. Their cuts and lines make women feel fierce and fabulous on and off the court. Venus Williams, designer of Eleven, hand sketches her patterns and designs. Her line embodies her competitive spirit enmeshed with her feminine mystique.
This episode is the visual representation of “Vogue”…the modus operandi of a true Queen of the Court.