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Helping Your Winter Athlete (& A Gatorade Giveaway)

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As you know by now, football is a big deal around our house. And baseball. And hockey. Golf. Tennis. Disc golf. And NASCAR — if that counts as a sport.

Even my kids who aren’t really cognizant about sports know that you must root for the Chargers, or at least against the Raiders, Broncos, and Chiefs. That’s just how we roll around here.

Our family has not got into organized sports teams — yet. But I know the time is coming.

While winter seems like an ideal time to let down your guard about hydration, it’s still important to be mindful of how you fuel your atheletes — even during winter.

Youth sports parenting expert and MomsTeam.com founder and editor-in-chief, Brooke de Lench offers these tips for parents:

How to help your child perform at his best during winter tryouts:

Ensure your athlete gets enough sleep.

A tired athlete, especially one still playing fall sports, isn’t going to be able to perform at their best during tryouts. You can help by setting a consistent “lights-out” time for turning off the computer, cell phone, MP3, and TV, so your athlete gets the rest needed for peak performance.

Fuel Sports Nutrition gaps.

Athletes typically have little time in the school day to eat before tryouts, so they start on an empty stomach or choose ineffective sources of fuel based on what’s readily available. Athletes need to be properly fueled before, during and after tryouts, especially multi-day tryouts, to get the most out of their bodies and perform at their best. Make sure your athlete has the right fuel when it’s needed by packing scientifically developed sports nutrition products like Gatorade’s G Series to provide the fuel, fluids and nutrients athletes before and during sports, and the fluid and protein they need to recover after a grueling day of tryouts.

Be pro-active about hydration.

Even mild dehydration can keep an athlete from performing at his/her best during tryouts. Staying hydrated during the school day is particularly challenging because athletes often can’t or don’t remember to hydrate properly or regularly. Athletes need to be hydrated for sports, no matter the season or the weather. Water does not hydrate as effectively as a sport drink like Gatorade that is scientifically formulated with fluid, electrolytes and carbohydrates to rapidly replace what athletes lose in sweat and provide energy to keep them at the top of their game. Remember that thirst is not a good indicator of hydration, so encourage athletes to drink on a schedule.

This week three LifeasMOM readers will receive a Gatorade Fuel Pack, including a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods and a six pack of Gatorade 02 Perform from the G Series.

To Enter

Simply tell us your favorite winter sport.

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, December 19th at 8 pm, PST. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email. You must respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.
:: For more holiday inspiration and daily giveaways, check out The Christmas Fun series.

Disclosure: I received a Gatorade Fuel Pack and the preceding information, courtesy of Gatorade. My opinions are my own. For more information, read my disclosure policy.

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  1. my favorite winter sport is hockey

  2. My husband is a runner and in the winter becomes a snow-shoe runner. Yes… they RACE on snow-shoes. They are fast too!
    There is a night-race (they run with headlamps on) and the sound of 100+ people running on snow-shoes through the woods is like hearing a heard of elk running past you!

    So that has become our favorite winter sport.

    Blessings on the journey~

  3. We LOVE our football. :) Weekends in the winter are devoted to football in our house!

  4. Well, the girly side of me loves figure skating, but the tomboy side of me loves the Super Bowl. :)

  5. My son has just started practices with his winter basketball league at our church. It’s a non-competitive league, just focused on FUN! As for me, I’m lacing up my running shoes and planning to run right on through until spring! I just took my coldest run yet (yesterday – it’s icy out today), and definitely agree that even in cold weather, hydration is important!

  6. Sally Mcquaid says:

    i love to watch hockey.

  7. My favorite winter sport is hockey.

  8. Hockey, hockey, hockey!!!

  9. My favorite is football.

  10. Connie Corey says:

    My son and his high school ice hockey team!

  11. I like ice skating

  12. figure skating!

  13. Can playing in the snow be a winter sport? hee hee

    My kids love sledding. We have a tiny hill across from us and the kids love to sled down it.

    I love to walk (insert walking in the winter wonderland music……).

    Christine
    dazed1821@aol.com

  14. I love figure skating

  15. Does staying inside where it’s warm, reading a book count as a sport? No? Then I have to say that I enjoy watching figure skating, but my husband LOVES football.

  16. Hockey. Definitely hockey.

  17. Ice skating is a treat around here. I just like to watch the little ones do it from the sidelines, though. Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. broomball!

  19. Does football count? It’s really a fall sport, but they still play into winter… If so, then my vote is for football!

  20. I love basketball!

  21. Michelle P. says:

    Football!!! Followed closely by sledding (if that is really considered a sport?)

  22. skiing!

  23. my husband and boys love football!

  24. Skiing, hands down!

  25. My boys play football, basketball and track. This would be a great gift to win.

  26. We’re all about the football here!!! Go Patriots!!

  27. Basketball is the way to go in a tiny Kansas town!

  28. Football all the way. Go Ravens!

  29. Football for sure!!!!!!! :)

  30. That would have to be skiing- if that counts as a sport.

  31. Andrea Watts says:

    We love to watch Football

  32. We love to watch hockey, but the biggest participation sport has become ice skating!

  33. Figure skating, just to watch though, I’m not much of an ice skater myself.

  34. My husband and I LOVE to watch football together!

  35. I like watching football and I love the winter Olympics when they are going.

  36. Definitely snow skiing.

  37. I have to say hockey! Just went to a game this week. It’s really fun to watch live.

  38. joanna mattas says:

    Definitely football. Go Chargers!

  39. Skiing!

  40. My daughter’s gymnastics team competes December thru May, so I guess that’s my favorite winter and spring sport!

  41. We enjoy watching football – college or professional!

  42. Basketball.

  43. Hockey! Only because my little 7-year-old son plays and I’m trying to become an “official hockey mom!”

  44. Ice skating!

  45. Cross country skiing and indoor soccer.

  46. Claire Pulsifer says:

    Definitely winter/indoor track. Both my boys run basically all year round with just a few weeks off between seasons. And you’re right. THey dont drink as much in the winter because they say they dont sweat and they never get enough sleep because of homework!

  47. since I have a cheerleader: football!

  48. basketball!

  49. AllieZirkle says:

    I LOVE FOOTBALL! :) Every kiddo in my household owns a football, even the girls.

  50. cross country skiing is the BEST workout, and you get to enjoy the beauty of the snow!

  51. i love watching football in the winter time. The playoffs are the best games of the season. Thanks for the giveaway

  52. carmen goddard says:

    With 2 boys it is “FOOTBALL” – Thanks

  53. x-country skiing, which all 3 of my kiddos will be trying by next week :)

  54. Football is my most favorite than its hockey. But my hubby will actually sit and watch football with me hockey he will not. Our rolls are reversed when it comes to sports. I love them, he could care less. lol

  55. My favorite winter sport is figure skating (to watch, not do!)

  56. My boys play football 24/7/365…I guess that makes it our favorite. :-)

  57. i’m a runner. i run year round. in fact, today i ran in the snow. :) so i think running is a winter sport!

  58. ice skating, I love it. although I saw ice hockey a few times and thought I was falling in love. it was fun to watch
    pam.petrie@us.army.mil

  59. Hockey.

  60. Basketball!

  61. I like figure skating!!!

  62. We love hockey

  63. HOCKEY!!!! Love it, love it, love it. Scared to go to a game now that I’m pregnant, but love it love it.

  64. Reading! Oh wait, that’s not a sport.

    I’ll go with watching the Phoenix Suns play…not basketball in general, but I love watching the Suns!

  65. Love to watch ice skating on t.v. or just about anything on the winter olympics. Like to play basketball.

  66. One of our favorite winter ‘sports’ is ice fishing! Here in Michigan there’s no shortage of lakes, plus its a great way to spend time with the family – oh and help fill that freezer with yummy fish – very inexpensively! Thanks!!

  67. We are a Hockey Family who lives in a Hockey town. BRRRR

  68. Love, love love all the college bowl games!!

  69. Hockey, but my boys play inline hockey, so it ends up being a year round sport.

  70. Katherine C. says:

    I like to watch the College Football Bowl Games! My favorite winter sport!

  71. Ice skating!

  72. Heather Pierce says:

    definitely hockey!

  73. We’re from Pittsburgh, so it’s hockey and football all the way! Go Pens! Go Steelers!

  74. FOOTBALL!!

    Surrounded by my brothers and guy friends who play “uncle” to our kids there is a never ending insertion of Football into our lives. They are bombarded with Redskins- our favorites, broncos, steelers, and kc chiefs, at any family function!!

    Now our boys are super football inspired and my youngest son whose birthday was just in September has already asked for approval for his next years birthday theme….He wants a Redskins Birthday Party…

    They went from my little boys to one day I noticed that their closets were more and more full of Redskins clothing, it looks like we could be a spokesman for the team if you go by my son’s closets.

    So FOOTBALL all the way!!

  75. thanks to the Olympics, our favorite sport in the winter is curling!

  76. I enjoy ice skating and skiing, but football is probably what we watch the most at our house.

  77. We live in a warmer area so we enjoy soccer in the winter!

  78. Ice Skating.

  79. Jennifer M. says:

    My favorite winter sport is football! :)

  80. Ice skating!

  81. My favorite sport is skiing.

  82. One of my sons runs all year – even in our frigid MN winters. Personally, watching football is my favorite winter sport. :)

  83. Basketball, of course!
    Go Oregon Ducks!

  84. Jennifer Foutch says:

    Football

  85. My husband would say football and I suppose since I get roped into watching it with him when I am not at work, I would have to say the same. :-)

  86. Ice skating is our fav winter sport. We also like to hike with our snow shoes.

  87. Michelle Murphy says:

    I love hockey!

  88. Though we LOVE watching college football, our house PLAYS lacrosse (in fact, my son practiced with the team for 2 hours in pouring rain last night)…I seem to be fetching and toting kids to lax practice every day at different times!

  89. Football without a doubt, but lacrosse is a close second as it starts in February here, does that count?

  90. We live in a warm climate and my son plays soccer year round even in the winter. :)

  91. Football and hockey!!!!!

  92. Joslyn DeBoode says:

    fave winter sport is HOCKEY!

  93. I love watching football in the winter.

  94. one word….FOOTBALL!!!!

  95. Definitely Hockey!

  96. Does ballet count? :-) If not, bobsledding!

  97. Laura Cross says:

    Ice skating

  98. Mine would be skiing!

  99. I love basketball!

  100. I’d love to say ice skating…but I can’t skate to save my life! lol I do LOVE watching the Giants play!

  101. College Basketball!!!!

  102. Watching figure skating on television!
    Thanks for entering us.

  103. I like hockey!

  104. Does sled ridding count? We love doing that in the winter!

  105. Basketball is my favorite winter sport.

  106. I like to watch skiing on tv.

  107. Basketball. Watching my son play middle school basketball and of course ACC basketball.

  108. Basketball has been king at this house for years!! Go Hoosiers!

  109. Basketball. No question. I love that a team can be down 6 points with 2 minutes left and there’s still great hope they can win. It ain’t over til it’s over is more than true in basketball. My son plays and I love watching his games as much as the NBA games.

  110. My favorite winter sport is cross country skiing.

  111. Basketball.

  112. Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    We love hockey!

  113. I have to say figure skating. I love it!

  114. I like to watch figure skating. My hubby usually skips through it really fast if he’s channel surfing, so I don’t notice it’s on very much, but when I do notice it and have a minute or two to watch it, I enjoy it. (On a side note, I like the little quilt blocks on the side of these beside each number!)

  115. Sheila Hickmon says:

    My favorite winter sport is football hands down! We all love it and it’s a whole weekend event!

  116. I love snowboarding (hopefully, it’s considered a sport)! I haven’t gone for years though and really miss it!

  117. HOCKEY!!! I love the NHL & I’m a proud Edmonton Oilers’ fan :P

  118. Skiing! Though – where we live now . . . it’s not a “sport” here. :( I miss NH sometimes. :)

  119. Rebecca Scott says:

    Football – college & pro!

  120. My favorite winter sport is Football. The American kind! :)

  121. I like football and sledding

  122. to watch is probably skiing or ice skating although im not sure that is a sport. to play none. i am not a winter weather girl! i like sitting inside and watching the pretty weather.

  123. Ice skating – it’s got to be on a small, seasonal rink in a park
    =)

  124. Hockey!

  125. My favorite winter sport is hockey!

  126. We also LOVE football around our house!

  127. Favorite sport to watch in winter is football! Favorite to participate in, basketball!

  128. Jennifer Moyer says:

    My favorite winter sport is ice skating. I love going with the whole family and bundling everyone up and then drinking hot chocolate afterwards!

  129. Basketball all the way here!!

  130. We wait all year for football. Can’t wait for the Rose Bowl – GO BADGERS!

  131. I love ice skating(well that is watching it) I have weak ankles :)
    I also love basketball
    thanks for the giveaway

  132. Snowboarding. Such an awesome sport!

  133. Ice skating, It’s always a family affair.

  134. I love to watch my daughters play basketball.

  135. Is sledding a sport? Before I had kids, I loved hiking up the mountain with my dad. Does that count? I’m so clueless about sports, but we do like to be active.

  136. Our favorite winter sport is ice skating!

  137. Shelia Coffman says:

    Football! All the way!!

  138. I’m like you! W love football around here! Basketball is next! All my boys played ball! Love the food the best! (wings)

  139. Downhill skiing!

  140. Football is my favorite sport.

  141. Shannon Blanchard says:

    My favorite winter sport is Hockey. I really enjoy watching it

  142. Sledding!

  143. My favorite winter sport is figure skating! :)

  144. We love Ice Skating!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  145. Victoria W. says:

    I love to watch Hockey!!

    Thanks for letting me “play” this indoor Winter sport (giveaways)!! :))

  146. SLEDDING!

  147. curling

  148. My favorite winter sport is speed ice skating.

    Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter.

  149. I love broomball!

  150. I love Ice Skating as a winter sport, too bad I live in Florida.

  151. It’s football!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  152. Heather P. says:

    I’m a hockey girl!

  153. If figure skating is considered a sport, then that is my pick!! Love it :)

  154. TENNIS!

  155. Figure skating is my favorite winter sport.

  156. My favorite is football. I know that’s a Fall sport, but the college bowl series is in the Winter!

  157. I love skiing!

  158. My favorite winter sport is snowboarding.

  159. Our favorite winter sport would have to be ice skating!!!

  160. Love football, especially high school and college ball … but winter, it’s all Basketball! My daughter just started with a Basketball clinic and the league practices start in January! Great way to keep active during the winter months!

  161. my fave winter sport to watch is ice skating

  162. Tracey Bridges says:

    I love figure skating or downhill skiing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  163. We like ice skating.

  164. Carole Spring says:

    figure skating
    blondie_31971(at)yahoo(dot)com

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