Taking care of yourself and implementing a wellness program into your daily routine is crucial, especially when competing in events. Staying hydrated, completing routine workouts and preparing mentally are things athletes need to consider when participating in a beach tournament.
Time is of the essence during an active week so in order to get the most out of your fitness level, we created a list of wellness suggestions for athletes competing. Here are four ways to help athletes stay focused mentally and physically while on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Pamper yourself at one of the many Gulf Shores and Orange Beach spas. Take time during your visit and make sure you help those tense muscles and improve stress associated with the physical demands of being an athlete. Rejuvenate with a hot stone massage, eliminate stress and improve the overall well-being of your entire body. Relaxing back and neck muscles can eliminate areas of tension due to sports related ailments.
Fill up on super foods and refuel your mind, body and spirit with Soul Bowlz. Located in the Rouses Shopping Center in Gulf Shores, Soul Bowlz starts with a blend of super fruits including acai, pitaya, acerola and graviola fruits proven to increase energy levels. For the body, combine acai blend, hemp, granola, strawberry, blueberry, banana and honey. For energy, try the acai blend, spinach, kale, hemp, granola, banana, kiwi bee pollen and honey.
Beach yoga is the perfect activity to stretch and soothe sore muscles before or after a competition. Relax and burn calories while staying active in the sand. Get physical and stay in shape during your visit. Whether looking for private lessons on the beach, traditional classes indoors or beginner to advanced, yoga can restore balance, strength, flexibility and more.
Chill out at and receive natural healing and relief from pain and inflammation. Located just north of Gulf Shores in Foley, Ala., Coastal Cryo offers a non-invasive and painless alternative by exposing the body to sub-zero temperatures. The process causes a natural anti-inflammatory response and reduces pain caused by sports. The powerful treatment can increase an athlete’s performance and decrease recovery time for injuries.
A peaceful walk on the beach or meditating during sunset are also great ways to de-stress after a competition. Take time to heal mentally and physically when you are putting your body to the limits. Drink plenty of water and make sure you have fun when competing on the coast.