5 Tips for Keeping Your Fitness Level Up
Being able to maintain your tenacity and work rate during a game all boils down to your fitness level.
Keeping your fitness level up isn’t easy and it’s something that takes a lot of work over a period of time. It’s important to do it the right way to avoid injuries and burning yourself out. Having a good fitness level will better enable you to help your team consistently in games and throughout the entire season.
Here are five tips for keeping your fitness level up:
1. Keep yourself healthy
A lot of being fit is taking care of your body.
Making sure you are eating the right foods and the right amount of foods. Drinking plenty of water but not over-hydrating. Actively stretching along with warming up before and after running. Making sure you are taking all the right steps to let your body recover such as ice bathing, light stretching, cooling down.
All of these things as well as a good night’s sleep will help your body to feel as good as it can while you are training and trying to increase your fitness level.
2. Take days off
If you run too much every single day, you’re going to exhaust your body, possibly give yourself overuse injuries and start to hate running and resent soccer for being a sport where you have to run in the first place.
You don’t want to do any of that. Give yourself a break and take days completely off every once in a while.
3. Active rest days
As well as taking days off, you should try to incorporate active rest days into your work out schedule. Go swimming, play other sports and try to work on other muscles that you don’t typically focus on.
This will also help prevent overuse injuries and burning yourself out and you are still staying active while getting to enjoy other sports.
4. Work on your base
During games we have to be able to cover a great distance over the course of a game.
Midfielders have been known to run over six miles a game. Of course you will get breaks here and there, but you should work on your endurance to make sure you can outlast your opponents.
It’s good to get your endurance up so that you don’t even notice how far you’ve been running during a game.
5. Be mentally tough
While trying to improve your fitness, a lot of people struggle with mentality. When they are too tired, they quit or slow down.
Trust and listen to your body but at the same time, if you can push yourself, do so. This will help you get over the mental barrier of being too tired as you begin to fatigue during games.
If you don’t fatigue as easily, you will also help prevent yourself from making silly mistakes on the field.