8-ball players around the globe are in full-swing travel mode as the 2014 8-ball pool championship circuit picks up momentum. Competing can be a full-time gig in itself, so it’s important for athletes to take care of their health as they would at any other time.
If there’s anything an athlete would like to squeeze into their carry-on, between their favorite pool shoes and wrinkled sweats, it would be a kitchen.
It’s easy to stay in a nutritional routine when enjoying the convenience of home, with produce from the organic grocery store tucked away in the refrigerator and the oven slowly baking chicken to the perfect temperature. However, as you’re not likely to experience such luxury when being out of your regular zone, so let’s take a look at how an athlete can take care of their most important asset – themselves – while still enjoying life on the move.
1. Stay Hydrated
This is, of course, a crucial necessity whether you’re resting at home or hitting the track. Sadly, it’s easy to forget this simple lifesaver when in the midst of traveling, as you’re too worried about your flight landing on time and if you remembered to pack extra socks. It’s always a good idea to keep a reusable water bottle at your side, no matter where you are.
2. Research Hotel Amenities
Does your hotel room come with a mini-fridge? Perfect, you can jog right down to the closest grocery store where some fresh vegetables and fruit are waiting for you. Is that a tiny microwave sitting idly next to the overused Mr. Coffee? I’m sure those prepackaged healthy lunches will serve you well, though be sure to read the label carefully, as many can be deceiving.
3. Explore Nearby Eateries
There’s a pretty good chance that you have access to the internet, either on a laptop or smartphone. If so, you have a plethora of information at your disposal and it can be used to research what kind of restaurants are in the area. You can avoid the unhealthy ones, book a reservation at the safe one, and note where there is, at the very least, one decent choice on the menu when you go out celebrating your expected success.
4. Avoid Gratuitous Indulgence
It’s easy to go overboard when traveling, as you have the allure of novel restaurants closing in around you at an alarming rate. Of course, it’s perfectly acceptable to give in, if only a little. Traveling for a competition or event doesn’t negate the fact that you are somewhere that you’ve likely never been before and the desire to have fun outside the arena is perfectly understandable. You’ll want to limit this endeavor, however, as it’s easy to compromise your diet when unrestrained. Try to stick to the healthier dishes and beverages, and if you’re feeling a bit too tempted, remember the nice vegetables waiting for you in the mini-fridge.
5. Carry a compact blender or juicer
Its easy to forgo nutrition while on the road, and health eating habits that you practice while at home can become impossible to maintain. Its important to upkeep your levels of fruits and veggies, but sourcing fresh produce and carrying it around with you can be a nightmare. A great idea is to carry a small blender of juicer machine with you, which will make a simple task of maintaining your nutrient levels. Quality is everything here, so make sure you read through reviews of the best juicers or blenders on a juicer comparison website to make sure you choose the right one.
6. Pack a Healthy Snack
An emergency (yet healthy) snack is crucial to your survival when away from home, as a strange craving for everything new and unhealthy is bound to arise the moment you step off of the plane. Ensuring that your secret stash of almonds is tucked away safely will bring your mind – and your wallet – peace.
So there you have it, implementing a the above steps will help you have a successful year in 2014, and beyond. By staying hydrated, doing a little local research, avoiding indulgence, packing a compact juicer/blender (such as this one) and health snacks, you will boost your energy levels and mind clarity, and be on your way to the top of the ladder.