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Any athlete will tell you that trying to stick to a routine in the off-season can prove a bit challenging. However, to ensure making your goal weight and form when the season resumes, here are a few tips on how athletes can keep in shape during the off-season.

1. BE CONSISTENT
It’s quite easy to go from training up to 10 or 11 times a week to nothing in a month. To avoid going through this slump, you should give yourself a few days of doing ‘nothing’. Then, opt to go for shorter workouts or instead cut them down to at least a couple in a week. This consistency helps you someone retain your state of fitness.

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2. KEEP THE CALORIES LOW
If an athlete cuts down on the number of hours spent training, you will also have to reconfigure your diet to suit your current fitness regimen. Short workouts can feel more intense since you pack in a lot of exercises but can burn fewer calories than expected. As such, work on cutting down the size of your pre and post workout meals, otherwise risk a potential blowout.

3. MATCH THE MENTAL WITH THE PHYSICAL
Be mindful of your mental well-being. This isn’t just a fad, it has a greater influence on your physical state than you may very well know. Training can me a great way to remain mindful and keep you mind fresh. Removing that element of release from your life. Try out some meditation to help center yourself and keep your mind in an equally healthy state as your body.

4. COOK MORE
The more invoved you are with your food the better. Often atheltes spend an inordinate amount of time in meal prep and suplementing, but come the off-season, anything goes. Instead of opting to pick a snack off the rack, ordering Uber Eats or a meal that is already prepared. Choose to prep more meals at home for a balanced diet. Reach out for a handful of almonds instead of a granola bar. Try out some leafy green vegetables and keep your blood sugar levels in check. Put your hands to good use during your free time and prep a healthy, organic meal to get a kick start on some healthy eating habits. Don’t just wait for pre-season training to kick off.

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5. VARIETY
This not only works for your diet but also your exercise routine. Unlike in season where you get to keep to a specific routine, the off-season is the best time for an athlete try a new regimen. These can help with increasing endurance and stability while also keeping the exercises interesting. Don’t be scared to change it up every so often.

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