Focus On The Whole Team: This 4th of July…Be A Firework

June 18th, 2018 | by Walt Whitfield
Focus On The Whole Team: This 4th of July…Be A Firework
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4th of July

Although the 4th of July is of no significance to the college athletics calendar, it is the biggest summer holiday. I find it gives me a similar feeling to the college football kickoff weekend. You have a team to cheer for. The wearing of team colors. And backyard barbeques comparable to any tailgate. Here are a few tips to flying high and healthy this 4th of July.

Appreciate Your Team

As an ex-collegiate athlete, I had the privilege to travel across the country for competition. I visited campuses of all levels. Each university had its own look and feel. Some aspects you marvel at. Some you don’t. But the best qualities of my school always trumped those of other universities I visited. Take some time to be thankful for belonging to such a great nation, state, city, and family. Gratitude has been shown to decrease emotions such as envy and regret and helps self-esteem, sleep, and overall well-being.

Wear the Colors

College football is special in part because of the pageantry of each program. A school’s pageantry at its core is the color scheme. No doubt the key indicator of a school is its’ colors. At games, you see the school colors on clothes, flags, banners, and hats. Well, the 4th of July is also about the colors. This year come decked out in America’s identifiable insignia and colors. Be a part of the celebration. Don’t let the 4th be a day you are your regular boring clothes. Wear the colors. Celebrate.
Make it a Juicy

When I think of tailgating, I think about the signature dishes that are prevalent in my region. Our tailgate specialties are jambalaya, boudin, gumbo on cold game days, and tons of snack food. I’m sure your tailgate is typical of your area’s specialties. And of course, no tailgate takes place without cold beverages. Since the 4th is synonymous with colas and beers, and the summer is known for its fresh fruit, it is only right when looking for some healthy alternatives to look no farther than fresh juice. Watermelon and pineapple juice are great ways to stay hydrated and healthy while celebrating our nation’s independence.

Holidays are better when celebrated. The 4th of July is no exception. Use the holiday to reflect on all the opportunities our great nation has provided for yourself and your family. Get in the game by wearing some red, white, and blue. While celebrating, find healthy alternatives such as fresh fruit juice over cola and beer. This 4th of July …be a firecracker, not a dud.

Walt Whitfield About Walt Whitfield
Walter Whitfield is an employee wellness consultant and founder of Lavoro Workplace Wellness where he helps businesses improve their workplace through employee wellness strategies. He has worked with corporations like Chevron, BP, and Seadrill. Walter is a former college athlete for Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns where he competed in cross country and track, winning Sunbelt conference titles in the 3k Steeplechase and 5k. He is married, has 3 kids, and loves all things New Orleans Saints and Louisiana’s Ragin Cajuns.

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