Emily Scott is the author of “The Girl’s Guide – To College Soccer”. Emily graduated from Ball State University in 2019 with a Major in Organizational Communication and Minor in Marketing. At Ball State, she played four years of NCAA Division I soccer as a forward/outside midfielder. Emily is now the Social Media Manager and Administrator for PS90 Soccer and SoccerGrlProbs Camps. She lives in Chicago, Illinois and still plays soccer in women’s league’s whenever she gets the opportunity. She hopes that with these blogs, she can take her own experiences along with others who have played college soccer, and use them to help future players in any way possible. For questions/comments, feel free to reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
What’s up LadyBallers! It’s Wednesday, which means time for a new blog post. This week,we know many lives are very different than they were just a week ago. So we wanted to create a post that will be the most beneficial to all our ladies out there who are wanting to stay in prime soccer shape for when things get back to normal, hopefully sooner rather than later. So this week we have our TOP TEN ways that you can stay active from home, while soccer and other sports may not be having practices and games during this unfortunate time. Before we get intoit, we want to say that we hope everyone is staying healthy and safe and taking the proper precautions during this time. Your health is the most important thing! Please reach out to us if there is anything, we can do to help our LadyBallers during this time. With that being said, let’s get into the Top 10Ways to Stay Active from Home!
1. Ab circuits – we looove a good core workout. And your core is the base for all of the strength within your body. Finding a core workout you can do from home is so easy! Just search the internet to find the one’s that you enjoy the most and get to work!
2. Body weight workouts – Body weight workouts should be the primary focus for soccer players anyways, but what better time todo them than when you’re stuck inside! Once again, easy to find on the internet!
3. Yoga – Yoga is a great way to stay active without requiring too much space. YouTube is filled with beginner’s yoga workouts. From laying on the floor of your living room, you can do an entire workout! Trust me, you will end up breaking a sweat from even the beginner’s lessons. This is a great time to focus on the things you may not worry about during season, like flexibility! So take the time now to work on these littlethings.
4. Video workouts – growing up I remember watching my mom do these crazy workout videos on TV, turns out she still has the videos!These are a great way to stay active also needing less space. They keep you moving side to side and up and down. You can even add some weights if you have them accessible! This can be a fun way to stay active indoors for sure.
5. Go for a run by yourself – this obviously requires leaving the house, but there’s nothing wrong with doing that as long as you are still practicing social distancing! There is nothing better than anice run by yourself to get through a long day and stay active. Find a new place to explore, push yourself and go a little bit further than usual.Obviously make sure to stay safe and let people know where you’re going, but this is a great time to do things you normally wouldn’t have the chance to!
6. Soccer touches around the house – One of my favorite things to do during the off seasons was just dribble through the house with a soccer ball at my feet. There is something about having a ball at your feet that just makes everything feel right in the world again. I would even(don’t tell my parents) kick the ball at the couch every now and then to keep my passing abilities in shape as well. Or have a sibling or parent pass the ball with you! Just a way to add some fun to your day.
7. Sprint workout in the yard – Cardio is tough because it’s so hard to get into prime soccer shape, and so easy to lose it all. It is a great idea to make sure you are still doing sprint workouts alongwith long distance runs, considering sprints seem to be what get you in shape faster and keep you there. Especially when it comes to soccer. Ask your coach for some sprint workout ideas, and even easier, look online! Head out to the backyard and get running! The best part is, you don’t even need a ton of space.If you have limited space, shorten up the distance you’re running and increase the reps!
8. Utilize items around the home – no joke,yesterday I was doing squats while holding a 2-litre bottle of Sprite just so that I had some sort of weight with me. Obviously, this isn’t ideal, but with the gyms being closed it’s the best we have, and it works! Get creative. You can most likely find an object that will resemble 5 lb., 10 lb., and even 25 lb.weights! It goes without saying, don’t use anything that could hurt you or could break, but this can be a good way to make sure you’re still getting in that extra weight training you want as well.
9. Work on eating healthier – This can be another way to change up the status quo. If you’re going to be stuck inside, find some new healthy recipes and go ahead and give them a try. It is actually fun to try cooking! I recently discovered this myself and now I look forward to it. Also,if you’re less active, eating healthier can help you to feel better!
10. Learn more about yourself – Take the time to figure out what works for you and what makes you feel the best. It can be more cardio, less weight training, more bodyweight workouts. Whatever makes you feel the best. You don’t often get thesechances where you may have a lot more time to yourself and you might as well find out how to enjoy it. More than that, use it to your advantage. It can be easy to take this time off, but you don’t want to lose everything that you have worked so hard for up until this point.
All of these ideas are meant to HELP YOU! Like I said, find what you enjoy, and stick with it.Know when it’s best for you to work out, and when your body would be better off with a little rest. It’s easy to stay active during this time, you just need to know how to do it. We hope this helps, and mostly that you all are staying safe and healthy during this time. A minor setback leads to a greater comeback! So get ready to come back from this ready to go and stronger than ever. Thanks for reading, LadyBallers! Be well.
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