By: The Grinder
Here’s how poker players can change their sedentary lifestyles, get in shape, feel healthy, and yet spend hours at the poker tables.
Starving is a crime. You have to eat a lot to lose and eat a lot to gain. The key is to eat right. How much? Say, you weigh x pounds. You need to eat 12x calories of the right stuff in four to six meal portions daily, and exercise for at least half-an-hour to an hour daily. At least! Remember! You’d rather hear this from someone like me, who’s trying to do it once every few months and failing at it, than an Olympian who is willing to show off his bowling-ball-shaped muscles. All of us will fail in the first few attempts, but eventually your body will get the hang of it and begin loving it.
Increase your protein intake to at least 30% of your diet. Cut carbs but eat your craving once every fortnight. No unreal goals. Your meals should consist of whole grains, oatmeal, nuts, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, skim milk, hard-boiled egg whites, steamed chicken, fresh sea food. If you’re a poker player and you’re at the tables all the time, pack lunches with a combination of the above items. Carry your meals with you. Start eating early, preferably before 7 a.m. I don’t, and I have to try to. If you start early, you’ll be able to shove in your required amount of calories. As for exercise, let Herculeans pump their iron, but as for us, a good weight, endurance and resistance training program along with a decent run is a good daily routine. There are tons of workout schedules available online. Follow one and stick to it. Finally, drink at least six to seven 500 ml bottles of water in small amounts. I won’t tell you to sleep on time, as that is impossible. But, if you follow more than half of this, you’ll be in very good shape in a few months. I am trying to. This time I hope I stick to it.
Finally, remember that you can get in shape no matter what you look like and it will certainly help you perform better at the poker table. Annette Obrestad did it. The magician Antonio Esfandiari has been doing it for years. So can you. Just stick to it.