Kevin Durant's Tips to Staying Focused and Healthy on the Road
With the NBA Finals behind him, Kevin Durant's got his eye on Olympic gold. He shares his tips for staying on his A-game every day.
No matter how dedicated you are to staying fit, any type of travel can present a challenge to staying in shape. As a world-class athlete, I spend much of the year on the road with a packed, sometimes grueling schedule, but I’ve learned to stay focused and healthy. Here are some tips I’d like to share:
Stretch the Day
To dominate on the court, I have to make sure my body is always functioning right. Stretching out before and after my workouts and games is one of the keys to this. I find my muscles fire better and more efficiently if I am taking proper care of them.
MF Suggests: A minimum of 5-10 minutes of foam rolling and dynamic stretches before workouts and 5-10 minutes of foam rolling and static stretches after a workout.
Eating Right: A Morning Must
To keep my diet on track while I'm on the road for games, I start my day off with a good, healthy breakfast. This is a part of my nutrition plan that helps me perform at my best for a full day of training, practices or games.
MF Suggests: A lean source of protein coupled with a small portion of complex carbohydrates and 8-12 oz. of water within 30-minutes of waking up.
When I’m in Oklahoma City during the season, I use a chef/nutritionist that helps me maintain a properly balanced diet at home. Staying in a perfect rhythm there can get a little tougher on the road. So, I find it’s important to make smart choices whether I am eating out or grabbing a meal on the go.
MF Suggests: Prepare your meals the day before so you’re not scrambling around and sacrificing your nutrition with on-the-go or fast foods.
Share Your Ideas and Stay Connected
I’ve discovered a new GE App on Facebook called HealthyShare, which makes it easy for family, friends and fellow athletes to share health and fitness information online. Being a part of a healthy “community” is a good thing for us all.
MF Suggests: Get into a regular routine of posting, sharing and encouraging others. It will help keep you motivated and hold you accountable.