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Soccer and your daily fitness

You love soccer and you have decided to give it a chance. What is it that you need to know?  You should know how to run. If you have never tried this, begin now by regulating your breathing and finding a pace that is comfortable for you.


Running in soccer means that you need endurance as well as the ability to develop great speeds very quickly. This is called acceleration and in order to achieve it you need to work on it. Think of it as running as fast as you can and as quickly as you can away from your opponent. Not a bad skill to have, right?


The greatest misunderstanding about acceleration leads to the most frequent mistake young soccer players make. Most think that what makes us go fast is the power generated by our legs.  While our legs do all the work, it is our core that pushes us forward. Our core is the center of power.


To achieve maximum velocity, a soccer player needs to relax all other muscles and focus primarily on the center mass of the body and legs. Therefore, a soccer player is equally concerned with overall form, power, coordination, and speed.


The following article describes a few useful exercises that will bring your soccer game to a new level. Have fun!


(Post by Thomai Serdari)





Hiking vs. Running


We all know how vulnerable our joints are, either because we have had occasional pain or because we have let that pain turn into something chronic. Joint pain is typical for people who are devoted to exercise. Even though, generally speaking, younger people complain less about joint pain this does not mean that young age can spare one the pain that stems from aggravated knees, hips or shoulders. Here is a very interesting article that focuses on the vulnerability of knees.

When Good Knees Go Bad


I have always wanted to be a runner but I am not. When I begin a training routine that I hope will turn me into a powerful runner, I have to stop after five or six attempts. My knees cannot take more than five days of training.  To compensate for my weakness and achieve a similar level of cardiovascular exercise, I have turned to hiking. I hike on the treadmill and it feels great. I usually raise the incline to the maximum (at my gym’s treadmills that’s 15%) and after I raise my heartbeat to 90% of capacity, I go down one percent at a time. This is a great exercise and it does not hurt my joints. It is also perfect for those who prefer interval training.


(Post by Thomai Serdari. Email us at: