Tae Kwon Do Health

Drink lots of water.  The day of practice, drink more water than usual.  Soda pop, iced tea and fruit drinks don’t count, as they do not efficiently hydrate your system.  Bring water to practice and sip it.  After basics, for example, take a couple small sips.  If you drink too much, you’ll become nauseous.  I suggest bringing a water bottle filled with room temperature or slightly cold water.  Very cold water is a shock to the system, especially if your body temperature is up during the workout.  It can cause headaches and nausea.  Drink LOTS of water after practice, but not all at once.  You need to replace the water you sweated out, especially when we practice outside in the summer!

Stretch.  Some of the best times to stretch are in the morning after you get up, and right after practice when you blood is flowing.  You’re always more flexible when your body is warm.  Stretching too much when you’re cold is not advised.  When you stretch, it should NOT hurt.  Stretch until you feel a little pain, then pull back until the pain is gone and hold it for at least 10 – 20 seconds.  Your muscles are still being loosened, but more safely.  Your legs are the most important.  Be sure to stretch your calves, hamstrings, and quadriceps.  If you need to learn stretching techniques, please ask me.  

Don’t eat too much before practice.  If possible, have supper about ½ hour to an hour after practice is over and your body has had the chance to settle down.  At the same time, try not to practice on a completely empty stomach.  About 1 – 2 hours before practice begins, nibble on something to maintain your energy and stamina.  Try to avoid eating sugar products before practice as sugar gives quick bursts that don’t last and can cause your body to “crash” later.  

IMPORTANT! If you wear sunscreen for the outdoor practices, be sure NOT to put any on your forehead or near your eyes.  When you sweat, it will run into your eyes and possibly cause damage.

NOTE: If you have a medical condition that might pose a danger during practice, please be sure to let me know.  Examples would be: asthma, diabetes, hypoglycemia, heart condition, hernia, pulled/strained muscle, etc.