When I was younger, I used to think I was invincible. I used to play football (soccer) without warming up. No stretching just straight in, run around for 90 minutes, no warm down, and not an ache or injury in the body afterwards. However as I approach my 40th year my invincibility appears to have left me and much of last year was spent sidelined with an Achilles injury.
I used to think Yoga was either for Hippies or the pop star Sting, they were the only people who took this activity up. But Yoga is now ever popular and fast becoming an integral part in pro longing careers in sport.
Ryan Giggs the famous Manchester United Star (I think everyone, apart from readers in the US will know who this is!) has used Yoga to pro long his football (....Soccer) career. At 37 years old he is still very much at the top of his game and still competes at the highest level for one of the best teams in the World.
Giggs has even brought out his own DVD called 'Giggs Fitness'. The great thing about this DVD is that it concentrates on Strength and Conditioning specifically related to Football and RUNNING!
The Exercises are based on Yoga and are designed to concentrate on building your core abs and glutes, become more flexible, build stamina and reduce injuries and muscle tightness. The DVD is divided into 3 parts:
- Strength and Conditioning
Although inspired by Yoga the program has been developed and adapted for Football and Running in mind. So it may not be quite as relaxing as you may think.
The format will suit everyone who is keen to become stronger and works well for both Male and Female. As well as Ryan Giggs performing the exercises, they are also performed and taught by Sarah Ramsden who developed the programme and has worked with many leading athletes.
I attach a clip from the DVD below: