Becoming a Student Athlete
Many people fear the idea of balancing academics and sports but yet the ones who do are opened to many college scholarships and other school based merits. This article will explain to you the process in which you can be a successful student athlete.
To begin, to be a student athlete you must have a strict understanding of time. Most schools are about 8 hours and after school sports practices take up about another 2-3 hours which leaves you with about roughly 7-10 hours (depending on your bed-time) to focus on academics and have some time for yourself. The best way to do this would be to make a color coded schedule. You should color in black the amount of hours that are spent at school and at your after school activity. In blue you highlight the activities and chores that need to be done once you arrive home such as laundry, eating, showers, and cleaning, and how long these activities should take. In red you should highlight things that are urgent for you to get done such as daily homework, projects, and studying. Not everything school related has to go in the red highlight, if you have a project for example that is not due until next Tuesday that can go inside the blue highlight.
Next, a successful student athlete needs to have the right kind of diet and nutrition. Healthy eating choices not only allow you to grow physically, but mentally as well. Fruits such as bananas, apples, grapes, and oranges for breakfast in the morning are good stimulus for the day and also keep your heart strong. You should follow up on these fruits by having a large cup of water after to keep the blood flowing well, and to stay hydrated. Food habits as a student athlete aren’t the only important thing, but also staying away from things such as drugs and alcohol. Drugs that are prevalent among high school students nowadays have very detrimental side effects such as providing heart problems and lung problems, which could worsen your abilities as an athlete. They also have harmful effects on your intelligence because they kill of brain cells which in turn could reduce your academic standards and achievements, which would hurt you as a student athlete.
Lastly, as a student athlete you need the right amount of rest. For growing kids in high school it is recommended that you receive 6-8 hours of sleep a night. This in turn will help you to stay calm throughout the day and also help you to retain things that you have learned throughout the day. If you don’t get this amount you will have trouble remembering things from the previous day and again remembering facts or things you have studied. It is also good physically to get this amount of sleep to let your body recover and grow from the hard day it has gone through.
In conclusion, being a student athlete is not hard, but just requires the correct amount of time management, lifestyle and eating habits, and rest, but I assure you that with all of this you are on your way to becoming successful student athlete, which will open many doors for you in the future.