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Fitness for Cricket

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Being fit is critical in every sport as it will have huge difference in the application of skills pertaining to the game. Cricket is no exception. Modern day cricketers are very much cautious about their body as most of the matches are decided by the best fielding units that will be attainable only through high level of fitness. Here are some fitness tips, which would beneficial even for an amateur cricketer, who plays cricket not very often.

  • Start every Routine with a good warm up followed by stretches.
  • Focus on building a lower body and core
  • Use low-weights or free-weights to built a strong foundation
  • Mix long distance running and sprints to improve endurance and speed
  • Shuttle runs will improve the running between the wickets
  • Regular abs-workout can help you to improve your bowling.
  • Do small warm ups on match days and don’t try to work harder as you tend to become tired as the match starts.

Nutrition plays a very important role in fitness. If the workouts are not supported by proper nutrition, then the entire effort will go waste.  There are different aspects to be considered as far as nutrition is concerned. It is quite different for match days and practice sessions.

  • Drink more fluids to avoid de-hydration; especially salt-lime
  • Avoid consuming soft-drinks.
  • Avoid fatty and fried foods on match days as it can make you more tired and also fried foods
  • Consume more fruits and vegetables as it can increase your metabolism
  • Avoid food supplements unless you are a professional cricketer
  • Drink more water and fruit juices when your body is resting- This is the time where the nutrition comes in to play

All these points when combined will give you basic fitness. However, for a professional cricketer, a more structured program is vital.  If you are a beginner, remember that you must consult a doctor before starting any sort of work out regimes.


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