Don’t you hate it when someone dies on the courts? Even worse, if you, or any other player, is lethargic, moving slowly, thinking unclearly, and just not playing to their potential.
So what’s the answer?
It turns out simple changes in diet can make a big difference.
Let’s use me, your author, as an example. When I was in my teens, I seldom had energy, but when I did, it was too much energy and I was crazy. The rest of the time I challenged my friends to do things because I simply didn’t have the springiness, the enthusiasm to do things myself. Sometimes I’d even become dizzy and have to sit down for a while.
I would have thought there was something wrong with me, but it was like that for some of my friends also. In my twenties I came across some information that I entirely ignored for a while.
The idea was that by eliminating sugar and cutting down on starch, a person might have more energy and consistent energy for hours at a time. That’s just bullcrap right?
My wife convinced me to try this stupid idea. So to appease her, I give it a legitimate trial. I gave up soda entirely. I quit eating candy bars when I needed a quick pick-me-up. I started eating yukky salad and generally nutritious foods rather than baked goods. I didn’t like it. This food wasn’t as comfortable, yummy and quickly and easily digestible. But for her, I stuck it out for a week even thought nothing good came of it.
Oddly at the end of the week, the salads weren’t really that bad. To my surprise, I didn’t miss the soda one bit. I started taking an interest in tea.
Now, here’s where it really gets weird: after being convinced to stick it out another week, I was able to do things that required energy. I could ride my bike longer distances, no problem. Pickleball would still be years into my future, but suddenly tennis, hiking and even soccer were easier. I was shocked to discover that two hours of strenuous exercise could go by, and I was still doing fine.
Then too, and I don’t know if I can talk about this here: I was no longer having occasional bouts of constipation. Sometimes I’d even have a strong intestinal ache from time to time due to poor digestion. That’s all gone now, and has never come back.
As a result, for several years, I ate better.
Scientific studies have shown that this low-sugar diet is also helpful in preventing many dreadful diseases.
But by my early 50s, I had slipped part-way back to my old habits. Oh sure, I was eating less meat and focusing mostly on organic foods for long-term health, but my blood pressure was getting out of control. It was running around 150 over 100, and sometimes even like 170 over 105. Normal is 120 over 80. The doctor wanted me to take pills. I looked over the long list of side effects and didn’t like it, but what could I do?
Well, my wife knew what to do. She literally yelled at me when I tried to fill my prescription. She said to try cutting out all sugar and reduce carbs.
It took only two weeks to get my blood pressure back to where it was averaging around 130 over 90. Months later it was even better than that and sometimes even lower than average. I don’t know if everyone would have such spectacular and instant results, but I figure it’s worth a try, right?
In coaching, I tell people to get low, to move quickly, split-stepping and getting behind the ball. But maybe they can’t. They just don’t have the energy. I hope this info helps!