10 Relatable Moments For Fall Athletes
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10 Relatable Moments For Fall Athletes

Because whose favorite part of summer ISN'T getting in shape for preseason???

1. Early morning workouts

We've all been too slow in the morning at one point, only to get to the track at noon and have the brutal sun glaring down on you. It's not a good feeling - which is why we often try to work out early in the morning. Before work. So that by the time we're at work, all we want to do is eat a second breakfast and nap.

2. Waiting...and waiting...and waiting to see results

If you're friends with a fall athlete, I'm sorry. You're the ones we go to, eager to know if our hard work is paying off. The friends are the ones to field questions like:

"Can you see a six pack?"

"Do my arms looks bigger than a month ago?"

"Touch my butt. Is it firm?"

All we want is some reassurance.

3. Using your need for protein after a workout as an excuse to drink endless amounts of chocolate milk

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I'm being healthy, I swear.

4. Constantly texting your teammates about fitness tests

Nothing is more comforting than knowing everyone is equally confused about how to run the Beep Test. How many cones do I need? Should I carry my phone with me for the audio the whole time, or do I bring a speaker? I think I passed, but that must mean I did it wrong, right? We all know that by the end of the summer, though, we'll have figured it out together (hopefully).

5. Being proud of your sweat

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We've all seen or sent post workout Snapchats of our shirts, faces, arms, you name it, being drenched in sweat. It's an indication that we're making our bodies work hard - and better yet it's our body saying thank you for trying to be healthy, by cooling us down. Plus, sweating heavily during a workout is often an indication of a high fitness level. So, next time someone judges you for sweating a lot, throw that in their face.

6. It's not enough to just play your sport

More often than not, you won't stop at just playing the sport for the summer. You'll coach it, watch it, ref it, dream it.

7. Getting random inspirational texts from your coach

Nothing beats the text sent by coach to all 25 members of your team, trying to keep you motivated for the summer. Sometimes it's a countdown until preseason, or an inspirational quote, other times it turns into a conversation convincing your coach to get a tattoo if you win your conference.

8. Asking yourself when is too soon to post a "preseason countdown" post on social media

A day, a week, a month? The obvious answer is it's never too soon.

9. Rewatching your last game from last season to plan your revenge on the team that knocked you out of the playoffs

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If your games are recorded, there's no way you haven't replayed that goal again, and again, and again. You know the minute they scored, the number of the player, and all of their social media accounts. More importantly, you know exactly when your teams next play each other.

10. Feeling sore on the daily, but knowing it'll pay off this season

Honestly, nothing beats passing out on the couch after sweating your ass off, because you know you're working towards an end goal. At the end of the day, all the aching pains are worth it because we're not just doing this for ourselves, we're doing it for our team.

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10 Ways to Beat Sweat Stains

Botox is a thing.

We've all seen or suffered from the dreaded pit stain. If you're shaking your head no, then you're one of the lucky ones.

We all sweat different amounts, certainly some more than others, but we all do it. We perspire in order to cool our bodies and keep us from overheating. The hotter we are, the more sweat that needs to be produced to combat the rapid rise in temperature.

Also, when the pressure is on and we're stressed out, the (sweat) water works open. You know what they say: When the going gets tough, the tough start sweating!

So now that we know there's no way to stop sweating, maybe there's a few good ways to control it. Here's a list of the top ten ways to arm the pits against perspiration

1. If you sweat with hall of fame-like production than you should probably consider a higher strength antiperspirant like Certain Dri, or talk with your doctor about a prescription. It won't stop the sweating all together but it will control it, and of course mask the BO.

2. Change clothes often. Once your shirt is moistened with sweat it makes drying more difficult. Clean and dry shirts help with absorption.

3. Speaking of clothing, make sure it's a breathable material, such a cotton. Better yet, go hit up a store that carries Under Armor and treat yourself to a shirt made with a wicking fabric.

4. Always remember warm and wet environments = happy bacteria. However, fewer bacteria = happy armpits. So showering often and drying yourself well after is the best way to reduce bacterial growth, and combat the rancid smell escaping from your shirt sleeves.

5. Now this is gonna sound ridiculous but how many of you put antiperspirant on at the right time? Huh, there's a right time? Once you're perspiring and stinking up the joint, it's too late. Your pits need to be dry for the product to actually reach the pores. Put it on at night and give the active ingredients time to make their way into the glands and actually impact the sweat released onto the skin.

6. Sweat more! Yep that's right. The heavier you are the more likely you are to produce more sweat. So exercise and sweat to lose weight and then sweat less. Sounds crazy, but it's true.

7. Avoid spicy foods and sauces. Enzymes in these products make you feel heat so the body senses that as a rise in temperature and sweat is produced in an effort to beat the heat.

8. Not to get all "doctor-y" on you, but Hyperhidrosis is condition that can be caused by more than just heat and exercise. Medications and medical problems can also cause increased sweat production. Fevers, diabetes, thyroid disease and anxiety can also contribute. Treatment of these underlying diseases could help to eliminate your sweat problem.

9. BOTOX! This is a relatively new approach to the war on wet, foul-smelling armpits. First realize it's not a permanent fix. The effects last anywhere between 6 months to a year. Here's how it works: A medical doctor injects a toxin into the sweat glands under your arms. The toxin sets up shop in the gland and interferes with the nerves that control sweat production. The gland is then unable to produce sweat, leaving you all nice and dry.

10. Lastly, dudes, always put a cotton T-shirt on under that dress shirt. That T is the last line of defense between you and a pit stain.

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Why Dogs And Cats Are Equally Great

Two is better than one.

For some reason we have decided that we can either be a dog person or a cat person, not both, but why? These animals are both adorable and share such unique and different qualities that it is hard to imagine choosing between the two. Here are 10 ways that dogs and cats are both the best:

1. Dogs are always happy to see you.

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When you come home from work or school, you are guaranteed to be greeted by an excited and happy dog on the other side of the door.

2. Cats love to cuddle.

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They may not always greet you at the door and they may find you boring at times, but when you're sitting on the couch or laying in bed, you can count on your cat to be the one cuddling up on your lap waiting for attention.

3. Dogs will comfort you.

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If you're going through a bad breakup or just having a bad day, your dog somehow will just know something is wrong. You can count on them to be right there trying to cheer you up.

4. Cats can fit into anything.

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Their curiosity lead them to end up stuck in a box or lounging in a bowl leaving you shocked and amused.

5. Dogs are extremely photogenic.

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I mean just look at them, they put in no effort to look that adorable.

6. Cats will be lazy with you.

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Whether you are binge-watching Netflix or sleeping in until noon, cats will lay in bed with you and embrace your lazy day.

7. Dogs love the simple things.

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Whether it is going for a walk through the park or a drive through town, dogs are up for anything and will be excited to do anything as long as they are with you.

8. Cats show all of their emotions.

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Whether they're annoyed, happy, or scared you'll always know how they're feeling.

9. Dogs will protect you.

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Though at times their excessive barking may get annoying, they're only looking out for you and making sure that you are safe.

10. Cats are funny.

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They will never cease to entertain you, just look at all the YouTube videos of cats just being themselves.

Whether you agree or disagree that dogs and cats are equally amazing, what is undeniable is how both animals will love you unconditionally.

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The Struggles Of Someone Who Swears A Lot

Sorry.

If you're anything like me, you enjoy dropping a curse word every now and then (or every other sentence...). It's not because I want to sound "cool", it's just... who I am. Hey, they say the people who swear more frequently tend to be more intelligent. Anyway, here are the struggles for those of us who probably need to wash our mouths out with soap.

1. When you just meet someone and you're not sure yet if they would be okay with you swearing.

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2. When you drop the f-bomb in front of your parents for the first time.

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3. When you're around small kids and you involuntarily let a curse word slip.

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4. When you're angry and you're venting to your friend...

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5. When you're reading something aloud in class and you come across a swear word.

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6. When your friend who never swears drops a swear word.

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7. When you swear while telling your parents a story, and then they say, "Watch your mouth".

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8. When your professor nonchalantly swears while giving a lecture.

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9. When you're in a public place and you accidentally swear loud enough for everyone to hear...

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10. And when you're talking to your friend in class and you swear loud enough that the professor probably heard you...

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11. And finally, when somebody tells you that you "swear too much".

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The Summer Before Senior Year As Told by Your Favorite Disney Characters

Because they sure know how to tell a story.

1. When you want to relax before the most stressful year of your life, but you have to work so you can pay your living expenses.

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2. ...And you have to do schoolwork OVER THE SUMMER.

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3. If you plan on going to grad school, then you have to start applying, taking tests, etc...

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4. When you realize that you'll be done with college in a year.

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5. When you think you have to work hard this summer, but you realize that next summer you're going to have to work a full-time, adult job.

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6. When you frantically try to figure out how you're going to make the best of your senior year.

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7. When you motivate yourself to not procrastinate this year.

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8. And you also motivate yourself to get straight A's (or as close as you possibly can).

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9. When you realize that soon you'll be making a nice, full-time paycheck...

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10. But most of that money is going to go toward rent, food, gas, etc.

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11. And let's not forget paying back those student loans!

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12. When you realize that soon you're going to have to deal with things like health insurance, life insurance...

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13. And TAXES?

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14. But you also realize that after this year you won't have to do homework...

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15. Or take another test!

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16. Unless you're going to grad school of course...

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17. But you remember that whatever happens, your senior year is going to be a great one!

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18. And you'll be done with college in a year.

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Alternatives To Buying A Gym Membership This Summer

Feel fit without spending a dime.

I'm about to enter my third year as a college athlete, and I've never belonged to a gym. Why? I don't want to pay for it, and I like to have my own space when I'm exercising. If you hate gyms as much as I do, here are some alternative ways to get a solid workout.

Strengthening Your Core
Tip: Your body is the best and easiest weight to use.

Yoga is probably my personal favorite form of working out, because there are so many variations. You can strengthen your core, work on your balance, or do some post workout stretching, all with yoga. If you don't have a mat and don't want to invest in one (though I strongly suggest it), just find a rug or carpet to use.

Another easy at home core exercise is planking. The key to planking, just like push ups, sit ups, or most core exercises, is to do it in sets, and listen to your body in the process. If you can't do a full minute plank, that's fine. Do two or three 45-second ones instead (breaks should be about as long as you're holding the plank). Once you've been doing those for a week or two, then try stepping it up to a minute.

Want to mix it up and get out of the house? Try rock climbing every now and then. It's a great way to strengthen your arms, chest, back, core, and lower body. Plus, it's a lot of fun.

Cardio Workouts
Tip: Get out of the house

As great of an invention as treadmills are, god are they boring. Cardiovascular activity is about movement, so use it as an opportunity to go somewhere.

Bike! It's a great alternative to driving, good for the environment, and good for you. Whether you need to run an errand, meet a friend for lunch, or have nothing better to do, biking is a great way to work your legs while getting from point A to point B.

I may have a bias as a former runner, but running is one of the easiest cardio workouts, because you can do it anywhere! See if there are any trails, tracks, fields, or even sidewalks nearby. If you want a quick intense workout rather than a long jog, try running some hills. On the way up, pump your arms and pickup your knees. Don't sprint downhill.

If running isn't for you and you're feeling lively, consider dancing. You could be a terrible dancer, but in the comfort of your own room, calories don't care how bad you are, you'll burn them either way. Blast your favorite upbeat playlist, or if you need more structure, try Zumba.