No one wants to have to face the notorious “freshman 15,” but young adults that are stressed from school, work and being away from home for the first time have a tendency to put their health on the backburner.
However, NKU’s athletes dedicate their time and efforts to improving their game and bodies, and taking some tips from them might help anyone get on the right track to healthy living. We spoke to these athletes and asked about their healthy living regimine. Here is the advice they have to offer.
Jack Flournoy: Sophomore forward
“During the off season we pretty much workout five days a week, and we rotate between upper body, lower body, some days full body,” Flournoy said.
During season–The team does regimented strength and conditioning training in addition to daily practice.
–Two to three days a week, they do full body lifting to stay toned and in shape.
Pre-game menu–usually consists of grilled chicken, pasta, fruit and/or vegetables.
Snacking– a lot of water and granola bars or something light.
“It is a constant challenge to understand the balance between academics and basketball,” David Bezold, head men’s basketball coach said.
Melody Doss: Junior Forward
“I like to get my heart rate moving every day, even something simple like walking the dog just to get my heartbeat up,” Doss said.
During season–The team does strength training and conditioning twice a week. On Sunday, they lift weights and practice shooting.
–Games generally fall on Thursday and Saturday
General–The team is encouraged to eat a lot of protein and carbs along with consuming a lot of water or Gatorade.
Snacking–mainly fruits, including bananas, apples and oranges.
Studying–The women’s team usually puts in 8-10 study table hours a week, whether studying while traveling or while at home. According to Dawn Plitzuweit, head women’s basketball coach, the team has good students and they usually put in time over and above to do their best in the classroom.
“Monday we take the day off. It’s good for them from a recovery standpoint, it helps their bodies recover quicker, it’s also good from a class standpoint. They have one day where they are completely away from basketball and can focus on academics,” Plitzuweit said.