I opened up my weekly Quora email today and saw a question answered by Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets:
‘What is a typical daily diet for an NBA player during the season?’
Jeremy Lin, Point Guard for the Houston Rockets
My diet consists of healthy carbs, proteins, veggies and fruits. For carbs I like to eat pasta, couscous, and rice. All the meats I eat have to be lean and healthy like fish, chicken, and steak. Every once in a while I’ll treat myself to a very unhealthy meal which usually consists of going to multiple fast food places in one night.
My biggest no-no’s are fried food, candy, and soda. I’m a big snacker so it’s hard to give up my normal snacking habits. If I could pick, I would always drink soda, eat gummy candies and devour huge bags of chips. My snacking habits have been changed to yogurt, trail mix, granola and veggie platters…it’s the worst.
I love his answer simply because it’s honest as heck. He acknowledges healthy snacking habits are the worst but does it anyway to reach and maintain his fitness goals. Eating healthy sucks sometimes, let’s be honest. There’s plenty of us who might not be the first to admit that healthy eating requires some serious effort. But once we’ve made the decision to embrace a more balanced and healthy lifestyle, we get over it and suck it up (while also indulging once in a while). I personally think those who’ve newly converted to a healthy lifestyle have a tougher time in general simply because A. they were once able to eat whatever they want whenever which is an adjustment in itself and B. they probably experience more junk food urges then someone who simply enjoys all the healthy stuff.
There’s many reasons why people embrace a healthy lifestyle but I think the best result is when you’re able to feel and see the difference it has on your body and overall well being. That is the one reason why many of us choose a salad over pizza or why we make a conscious effort to stock up on the vegetables when we go grocery shopping, because we may not always like to be healthy but we definitely love the results we get from it. Obviously healthy eating and exercise goes hand in hand, and while some people think they can get away with eating junk all the time and still perform well on a physical level, pro ballers such as Jeremy Lin, D. Wade and Micheal Jordan to name a few, trained like crazy and ate just as well to keep they’re bodies performing at 100%. Which is why today I’ve decided to focus on some Ballin’ exercises that can be done in the gym utilizing minimal workout equipment and can change up one’s regular, maybe even boring workout routine.
P.S. I know my exercise images mostly show women, (it’s a habit of mine) But these are definitely not women-only exercises, in fact none of my exercises are. Men don’t always have to pump iron or jump rope in the gym, if anything I think the recommended reps for the below exercises should be doubled /tripled for men.
The video below is great to do at your local gym or have a couple of basketballs laying around the house and want to do something different besides your regular running or cycling. Some of the moves are actually pretty challenging even if you’re not trying to become a pro baller. But I do suggest watching the video WITHOUT the sound.
I also stumbled unto this cool website called Go Pro Workouts that let’s you choose a sport and watch narrated videos and nutrition advice from Pros within that given sport. They have basketball, skiing, dance, soccer etc.
- Jeremy Lin Says He Misses Junk Food, ‘Going to Multiple Fast Food Places in One Night’ (nesn.com)
- 5 Postrun Habits That Are Hurting Your Health (news.health.com)
- Yes- There’s a Difference Between Dieting and Healthy Eating (healthcarespectator.wordpress.com)
- Get Fit Now: 10 Apps for Quick Workouts & Healthy Eating Tips (redtri.com)