Christopher Hagman is founder and President of Atlantic Recreation. “I bring an other-centered approach and truly care about all parties. My background in fitness and tennis operations and amenity courts allows me to provide information to benefit facilities in several ways.”
Chris has rare qualities as a dual certified Fitness and Tennis Professional and has worked as Activities, Fitness and Tennis Director.
He has 40 years of experience in amenity operations and has personally recruited, hired, and trained over 200 Professionals for leisure services. Many of these Professionals he brought into the industry or nurtured and now are Directors. Since 1991 his team has served numerous country clubs and residential communities in various roles.
Mr. Hagman is a graduate of the University of Florida, Dale Carnegie Training, and The Living Foods Institute. His personal interests include playing tennis, community service, and wellness programs. For more information go: www.linkedin.com/in/christopherhagman
Staying Mentally Fit
By Chris Hagman
As we go through this COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most important things is to take care of your mental health. If you have played competitive tennis or sports you know the importance of being confident and mentally tough. Currently, since we need to cover our face with a mask, people cannot see your smile nor can you receive theirs! Also, we cannot shake hands. The absence of previously common smiles and handshakes affects us physically and mentally. Our thoughts emanate from our brain which is physical, and here are a few reminders for your physical health which directly relate to your mental well-being.
Choose good intake. Not all calories are alike, and some comfort foods that taste great literally weigh you down so you do not feel like getting up. Others, like raw vegetables, give you energy and benefit your alkalinity and immune system. Drinking alcohol, which is a depressant and slows down nerve cell communication, may make you feel good for a few hours yet likely worse tomorrow. Consider choices like cold water, wheatgrass, or noncarbonated drinks with minimal sugar. The takeaway here is to be aware of when, what, and how much you consume. Small adjustments in your lifestyle can have big returns with your energy and outlook.
Prepare and get enough rest. If needed, tweak your routine for optimal sleep. Most adults need about seven hours of sleep, and here are some suggestions that assist. Plan and take dinner in the late afternoon or early evening, and avoid looking at digital screens about an hour before you go to bed. Lay down in a cool, dark, and quiet room where you can get some rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and dream. Put yourself in an environment so when you wake up you feel good and ready to go!
Get or stay moving! Now, more than ever, it is important to look for activities you like and do as much exercise as you can. One of the great things about tennis is you can play safe with physical distance! There are three types of exercise – cardiovascular, resistance, and flexibility. Throughout the week, strive to do a combination of all three. If you are able, I recommend some High-Intensity Training (HIT). This is cycles of high work and rest. Consult with your physician and Fitness Professional about HIT and workout routines. Besides reducing stress, exercise increases blood flow and releases endorphins in the brain for a sense of well-being.
Stay connected with others. It is key to stay in communication with family, friends, and faith organizations. While you may not be able to visit in person, call or connect through a video platform. Now, there are tremendous community needs, so find one you like and volunteer! Serving others brings big returns for appreciation, happiness, and outlook. If you ever feel depressed talk to someone or a Professional.
The above are all interrelated – good intake and sleep serve exercise. Others will motivate you and make activities more fun! Do all of the above to stay well and be mentally fit!
Chris Hagman ACE, USPTA