Marching Health

10 Simple Rules to Get in Shape for Band

Band camp season is approaching and it’s time to start getting in shape! But with the mountain of information out there on the internet, it’s easy to get lost in the sauce. How can you be sure you’re getting the most out of your training program? Here are some simple rules to keep you on track for a strong and healthy marching season!

1. Prioritize your Goals

“Chase 2 rabbits and you’ll catch neither”. Your training should focus on things that will help you march your show better. Sure, it would be cool to be able to deadlift 600 lbs, but if that doesn’t contribute much to your performance on the field, your efforts would be better placed elsewhere!

2. Quality over Quantity

There’s a reason we harp on form so much. Exercise technique is designed to keep you injury-free and target the correct muscles. If your form is starting to fall apart, it’s time to modify the exercise or take a break!

3. Something is better than nothing.

When you’re feeling unmotivated or tired, remember that even a little exercise is better than sitting on the couch. Instead of a 30 minute run, try a 30 minute walk. Maybe do 3 rounds of a circuit instead of 5. Do what you can, even if that’s just a little!

4. Train Hard, Rest Harder

Training is the architect, rest is the builder! Drink water, eat plenty of quality food, and get enough sleep so your body can repair itself and get ready for the next challenge.

5. Motion is Lotion

Your body needs motion to keep nutrients flowing and systems working smoothly. Even on rest days, take the time to get up and move! Go for a walk, do some yoga, or maybe toss a frisbee around. Whatever gets you moving will help you recover even stronger!

6. Have a plan

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll never get there! Make a plan, make it specific, and schedule your training sessions in advance. Try the Back to Band workout plans if you’re not sure where to start 🙂

7. Track your progress

Measuring progress is essential, but it doesn’t need to be complicated. Keep an exercise journal to document how each workout goes. After a few weeks of training, you’ll most likley see progress, and that’s a powerful motivator!

8. Warm-up

Just like any good rehearsal, every good workout includes a warmup. The Back to Band workouts have one built in! Do some easy activity for 5-10 minutes before your workout to get your body ready for the challenge.

9. A strong body is made in the kitchen

Your body needs fuel! Keep your body nourished with all the macronutrients and micronutrients you need, and don’t forget to hydrate! (For more info, hit this link.)

10. Use the buddy system

Workouts are a lot more fun if you’ve got a friend to help motivate you! You’ll be less likely to skip sessions, more attentive to form, and you’ll have someone to celebrate with when you reach your goals!

Follow these simple rules and you’ll be well on your way to a strong and successful band season!

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