Posted by Dean Holden at June 28th, 2013
by Chris Pryor, 6 June 2013
I know it’s the offseason, but that’s no excuse to let yourself go. The summer is a time to relax and get away from the rink, but if you’re serious about your game, summer is a great time to work on your weaknesses and improve your fitness level.
It doesn’t matter if you are 10 or 17, it’s never too early or late to eat the right foods and take care of yourself. These two basic fundamentals carry through if you’re a hockey player or a student. The better you feel, the better approach you will have to anything you do.
From a playing standpoint, there is just too much information out there not to be taken advantage of. You don’t need a personal chef to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Mom or Dad is as good a cook as you will find and there are trainers all over to help you achieve your desired fitness level. Take advantage of both.
Don’t kid yourself, what you eat has a direct correlation to how you feel and perform. You eat junk and chances are your performance will reflect that. You lay around and do nothing all summer and you will not only be behind your peer group, but your own body will not be getting the most of what it’s capable of.
Get into a routine that best serves you. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and I guarantee you be happy about the results. The harder you work at your fitness level, the more gains you will see going forward.
There is one thing you have control over and that’s your body. Be in control of your body at an early age and it will pay dividends down the road.
Chris Pryor is the director of hockey operations for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is in charge of the amateur and pro scouting departments. A native of St. Paul, Pryor spent eight seasons as a scout for the Flyers. He played parts of six seasons in the NHL with the Minnesota North Stars and New York Islanders.