Do you love sports? Were you always one of the first one picked in gym class to be on teams because everyone knew just how good at sports you are? Not everyone loves sports, and even fewer people are anything more than armchair athletes, either because they don’t have the time or energy for sports, or they just don’t have the coordination for many sports. You are someone who should be proud of your abilities, but being into sports can have its ups and downs. Here are 10 things that only yourself and other athletes will be able to fully understand.
1. You eat, a LOT
When you are into sports, your metabolism is high, and you will need a lot of food to keep your energy levels up. You will probably find that you are the first at a buffet table, and there may not be anything left for anyone else when you are done.
2. You often hear “get on the line”
As an athlete, you have heard this from your coaches at least once, and you probably dread hearing it again.
3. You get LOTS of bruises
Don’t expect to not be battered and bruised after a game. Suck it up and put some ice on the bruises, and get back in the game. Of course, if you have any serious injuries, be sure to have them attended to by a physician so you can get right back in the game as soon as possible.
4. You don’t have time for fun
You are so busy keeping in shape and training that there is often very little time to go out and have fun with your friends. Your schedule consists of work/school, training, practicing, food, more food and sleep, and not necessarily in that particular order.
5. You need flexibility
When you are into sports, you need to have a lot of flexibility. This is something that you must keep practicing, or you will lose it. FLX Body is a great resource to learn more flexibility workouts.
6. You get up before the sun
You are dedicated, and you often wake up to practice while it is still dark outside. This dedication will put you ahead of everyone who would rather sleep in. You will be laughing at those who are complaining about having to get up at 8 in the morning, when you have already been up for three hours and working your butt off.
7. You hate stairs
Your legs are likely sore after training sessions, and the last thing you want to see is a big set of stairs ahead of you. You secretly wish for an elevator or an escalator so you don’t have to tackle those stairs with sore legs.
8. You don’t know what to do with free time
When you finally get a day or two where you have no work to do, and you aren’t training or practicing, you will be at a loss to find something to do. You may even end up feeling bored, because you aren’t doing your regular routine.
9. You discover muscles you didn’t know you had
Once you start training, you are going to have a lot of aches and pains. In fact, you will have muscle aches where you didn’t even know you had muscles. You won’t hurt right away, but just wait until you try and get out of bed the next morning.
10. You take all games too seriously
You will end up being quite competitive, even to the point of taking any game, even board games, way too seriously. You are used to winning, and it soon will become everything to you.
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