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So you love football and you like playing whenever you get the chance, but your 9-5 sit down job and your love of a less than perfect diet and sedentary lifestyle are getting in the way of you getting as much out of your favourite sport as you would like. Basically you know what you want to do but your body just won’t do it…
You’re basically Lionel Messi in Phill Jupitus’ body right?
Don’t worry, because you can make your footballing prowess come out without too much effort. You won’t have to hit the gym 10 times a week or anything but you will need to do something.
1. Eat Better
|(Taken from Footballers Sexual Frustration)
Not the best of examples…… Haha
First one is a tough one for some people. The easiest way to get fitter without changing your routine too much or getting all sweaty is to eat better. This means of course swapping the chippy at lunch for a healthy sandwich or maybe sushi, having grilled chicken instead of chicken nuggets and generally eating more fruit and veg in place of your normal snacks.
2. Stop Smoking
|With the possible exception of Zizou…..|
There is no escaping it. Give up. It is killing you one draw at a time and more importantly, ruining your ability to get around that pitch more than once in 10 minutes.
3. Walk a Bit More
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You don’t need to start marathon training if you want to be a bit fitter, you just need to choose to walk instead of getting tube or the bus a few stops.
|(Taken from Sports Illustrated)
Well… There are other stretching exercises to choose from
Yoga is one of the secret training techniques employed by the nation’s top ball kickers. You don’t need to get leggings or anything but it is an easy way to work your body. Stretch your muscles every day; this could be in your bedroom or at the bus stop, just make your muscles work a bit as often as you can.
5. Watch Football Veterans
|Taken from South Africa’s Sports Illustrated|
People like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are still very fit, but compared to their youthful counterparts on the pitch they are way behind and can’t rely on fitness to give them the edge. But they still manage to win games don’t they. Watch what they do on the pitch and how their positioning makes up for their lack of leg power.
6. Conserve Energy on the Pitch
|Come on, ball, come back to me. I stay here, you come…..|
One of the things you need to avoid is wasting your limited energy on the pitch. If you are playing in the middle, stay in the middle as much as you can. When the ball comes, be smart and do something with it quickly so that you don’t have to dash about too much. This should help you save energy for when you can’t avoid expending it.
|You could’ve hidden it better, Rooney.|
If all else fails and you can’t do any of these things, just get good at cheating and you will be able to get through a game without looking like a fool.
Jimmy Wriggle is a fitness expert. He recommends using dumbbells on the sofa and having gym equipment in the bedroom to crawl back from a life of zero fitness.
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