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Why Cholesterol is Essential for American Football Players

Why Cholesterol is Essential for American Football Players

There has been a sudden rise in the campaign on the ill effects of cholesterol on the American football players. You can see them almost in all the websites, social media sites, online ads, etc. They have created such a phobia among the players that they look for labels on cholesterol levels in everything they buy.  No wonder if they start the search for labels on the bottled water also. As a coach and diet specialist, I always stress the importance of cholesterol for the players, but why do I do that?

Cholesterol Benefits

Cholesterol is a sterol type compound that is found in all the living beings, including humans. It is a part of the cell membrane all over the human body. It is a protective layer which prevents cell damages during the excess of stress and fatigue. It works like a lubricant for the joints to increase their flexibility. It is also an important ingredient to reduce the probability of muscle cramps and injuries while playing on the field and in training.

Cholesterol is also a compound which can help in energy generation within each cell in the human body. It can preserve the energy and release it when the body requires it. You can imagine the volumes of energy required on the American football field at peak playing sessions. If your body has to endure all the stress and stay away from injuries, cholesterol is very important. How much does your body really need?

Optimum Cholesterol Quantity

I can tell you about the required cholesterol levels in milligrams. But it won’t have any effects as you may forget it.  You may also not be able to measure the quantity while consuming. So, I will tell you about what to consume, when to consume, and what to avoid.

I have heard specialists talking about good and bad cholesterol. I have researched a lot to find the difference between the two.  I have found none. What matters are the quantity and the time you consume cholesterol? It also matters how much of workouts you do after consumption. It is the only way to convert cholesterol into useful energy. Or the excess cholesterol deposits may cause more harm than good.

What to Eat

Fiber fruits and fatty fish are the two foods I recommend. For example, you can consume an apple, berries, bananas, mangoes, guavas, and passion fruit. When it comes to fish, you can consider salmon and tuna. Trout, herring, and mackerel are the other types of fish which contain optimum levels of cholesterol.

When to Eat

Breakfast is the best time to have cholesterol in your foods. You can eat it a few minutes before your workouts. Avoid workouts on an empty stomach as it can lead to obesity and heart problems.

What to Avoid

 Fried, packaged, and processed foods also contain cholesterol. But they can accumulate within the muscles and blood without converting into energy. It can easily combine with fat to increase your body obesity.

What Next

Let us explore more foods and beverages to have energy increasing cholesterol in the next sessions. …

Attractions of American Football

One of my childhood attractions has been the American Football. I love the action, thrill, drama and the passion on the field. It seems every player is obsessed with a single goal of scoring the maximum. Initially, I had no idea about how the scores were kept and declaring the winners. I started taking a keen interest in the sport when I was seven. It is still my most favorite sport at my adulthood. Preparing for a kickoff is the most exciting stage when my adrenaline starts running high. I have never bothered to learn the rules, but I found the referee signals to be very interesting.

Scoring Patterns

Field Goals

It is the moment when the players kick the ball into the post. My most favorite teams have won many matches at the last moment with such goals. The prolate spheroid ball sails through the air at an incredible angle to cross over the post. It is the moment when all the cheerleaders and fans stand up and wave. Earlier I used to watch all of it from my home TV. My dad took me for my first ever match at his old college. He worked as a coach for the college team and that was the final. I found the field goals to be so exciting that they became my favorites, even today.

Touchdown Goals

This is one thing which took many years for me to understand. My dad used to call it breaking the plane. But the plane was never visible to me until I started playing the American Football at the age of 16. My dad taught me all the rules and regulations. It was very important for him, as he liked the sports to be played ethically.

On-field Passion

Playing for my team had been a great matter of pride for me. Wearing those colorful jerseys made me feel like a hero. Later I came to know about the importance of American Football Uniforms. They represent unity, team emblem, service, and so many other positive factors. It was my coach who trained me to play as a team member rather than as a sole player. Then I realized how the on-field passions erupt.

Winning and Losing

I had dreamt of taking my team to wins in every match I played. Somehow the dream never got realized until I was 20. It would be my senior teammates or the boy who just jointed the team. Losing was severe. I used to feel I was responsible. My coach might have observed my behavior on and off the field during those times.

One fine day, he called me for a chat over breakfast. Then he explained the real meaning of the American Football. He trained me and motivated me until I could stand on my two feet, free from false expectations and overwhelming stress of the game.

The Takeaway

I stopped playing the American Football after my college. I am still happy about the way things went for me. Keep reading my posts and enjoying your sports with lots of passion. …