May 19, 2022 by Bethany Rundell
NBA Fans Guide: 10 Things to Do After Basketball Season
Mixed emotions hit the rim in my household when the 2014 NBA season ended a few weeks ago. Of course, we are proud of the Miami HEAT’s four consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals. And even though the HEAT did not bring home the Larry O’Brien championship trophy, it was a great season: Let’s go HEAT!
But a deep loss — the end of the NBA season — still bounces around my living room. We’re having a difficult timeout.
Think about it: During the 82-game regular season, loyal NBA fans, like me, can spend at least 250 hours watching our favorite teams — and that excludes TV interviews, pre-season games and post-season playoffs. Now that the season is over, what can I do with all of the extra time on my hands?
For answers, I turned to Harlan Selesnick, M.D., HEAT Team Physician and orthopedic surgeon with Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.
His response ranks highest on my list of 10 Things to Do After NBA Season.
Pick an activity that you enjoy — maybe running, swimming, walking, dancing — and get busy. But be careful.
“To avoid injury, you want to work yourself back into shape over a period of weeks,” Dr. Selesnick recommends.
Here’s how to exercise caution while you exercise:
2. Learn a new recipe. Do you like to cook? A healthy diet can deliver great taste and nutrition. Try these recipes and nutritional tips:
3. Catch up on sleep: Do you know the health benefits of sleep? A number of serious illnesses are linked to sleepless nights:
4. Spend time with your pet:
5. Take a community education class. Baptist Health offers a variety of free community programs.
6. Volunteer: Volunteering for Good Health
7. Cut down on sugar: New Sugar Guidelines: Cut Down on Hidden Sugar
8. Embrace healthy aging: Prepare for Aging While Young
9. Get your health screenings:
10. Prep for the fall. Are you already thinking about the back-to-school season or the upcoming basketball schedule? You’re in good company.
“For me, the basketball season doesn’t end,” Dr. Selesnick says. This summer, for example, he’s helping the HEAT get ready for the 2014-2015 NBA season. His summer activities include conducting physicals for potential draft prospects and checking out players who’ll participate in the HEAT’S summer training camp.
And of course, after traveling in June with the team during the NBA finals, Dr. Selesnick is guarding his own health by cutting back on a diet of hotel food and adding more exercise.
“Now it’s time to get back in shape,” Dr. Selesnick says.