Warding Off Game Day Malaise

Game day on a Sunday afternoon in the summertime is a true baseball enthusiast’s favorite time every week.  Unfortunately, with all the joys of game day success for your favorite team and hours of viewing pleasure come not-so-good consequences, such as overeating junk food (chips, pretzels, soft drinks, etc.) and not moving an inch from the couch throughout the game.  To avoid such game day malaise and keep yourself active without having to give up your favorite part of Sunday afternoons, follow these tips:

Tip #1 – Stay Active throughout the Game

This can be a really tough one, but it’s also necessary.  Any time there is a commercial break, instead of just lounging back further into the couch cushion, leave your body crevice for a minute and move around.  Just getting up and getting your metabolism going will do your body some good.  If at all possible, you can even stay active as the game is being played.  If you have a stationary bike, elliptical machine, or treadmill, plant it in front of the television and use it.  Baseball games often last several hours, so even at a slow pace on any of these devices you should still cut some calories down.  If you don’t have the luxury of any of these fitness machines, you can try using an exercise ball.  Sit on it as a chair during plays, and then use it to perform crunches and other abdominal exercises whenever you have a spare moment.  An exercise ball is easily stored, and is a much more inexpensive alternative to stationary bikes and such.

Tip #2 – Avoid Junk Food

If you’re used to grabbing value meal from Burger King and a shake from Sonic before you head home to watch the game, try cutting that part out of your routine.  Vegetable platters, chewing gum… just about anything that has significantly reduced calories or that requires you to chew a lot (celery, anyone?) is better than swallowing an entire bag of potato chips or a whole ice cream sundae.  The fewer calories you put in your body during the game, the less you’ll have to feel guilty about enjoying your favorite pastime every week.

Tip #3 – Call for Support

Try enjoying the baseball game with your spouse, your kids, a friend, or someone else close to you.  Anytime you have someone else to share the game with, the more time you’ll likely spend chatting about the game rather than stuffing your face.  True, sometimes people can encourage each other to eat more, so just make sure that whoever you pick, that person is ready and able to assist you in making good choices that help prevent you from falling into your usual game day malaise.


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This post was written by JoeMcDonald on November 21, 2011

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