Think Soccer is easy because there's no tackling? Get some top tips from the experts and learn how to get fit for soccer!
Soccer is a physically demanding sport which takes significant training and conditioning – midfielders can run up to 12kms a game but for goal keepers there we have unique requirements which aren’t just cardio.
No matter what position you play, the basic fundamentals for soccer are keeping a healthy and well balanced lifestyle. Get some top tips from soccer star Vedran Janjetovic!
- Fitness starts in the kitchen. A well balanced diet with a wide variety of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals keeps you physically fit and mentally alert.
- Fluids. The different types of fluids during and after matches is essential to recovery and performance. Make sure you’re really hydrated on game day and drink water during games for re-hydration. I always drink a protein shake afterwards for recovery and muscle repair.
- Warm up and cool down. Cold muscles have more danger of injury so preparing the body for activity by increasing your heart rate before a game ensures that damage is prevented. Make sure you take time out to cool down too, it helps clear lactic acid and means less soreness and aids recovery.
- Sleep. Simple isn’t it? Maintaining healthy sleep patterns is important for professional athletes. A good night’s rest can improve speed, precision, recovery and for me most importantly, reaction time.
- Change it up. Fitness is supposed to be fun – incorporate different routines and keep pushing yourself. Instead of jogging continuously, try combining short sprints and bouts of walking to condition for a game.
Vedran is currently gearing up for his A-League season with Sydney FC which kicks off in October and will be participating in a Pringles activation at Blacktown Village Oval this July. Die-hard football enthusiasts and part-time fans alike can line up and go on strike during the ‘Power Hour’ on Saturday 12 July between 9:30am – 10:30am. Visit www.facebook.com/pringlesdownunder for more details.