Summer , Fitness and Cricket…

It’s almost mid-May and if you have been sitting at home with a 1.5 TON air-conditioner working 24/7 for you then you have no idea how hot it is outside. I would draw similar analogy to sedentary lifestyles where we sit in the office working for long hours without realizing the long-term consequences.

As I look back towards my younger days and compare the amount of physical activity I used to perform to the levels today the difference is easily mind-boggling. A simple experiment of mine to get back to playing some serious professional cricket in the past one month says it all. Having spent more than 8-10 years off the cricket field I find it too challenging to even get back to basic fitness levels required for playing a 20-over game.  A larger part of this challenge is always in the mind than the body because the body simply responds to what your mind thinks.  I wouldn’t call my experiment a failure by any means because I was able show significant progress in regaining my cricket skills by spending time at the nets and practicing during weekends.

Cricket demands an active to very active lifestyle and it is important for your mind to think about the game constantly both on and off the field. Unfortunately, my day job belongs to an industry classified at the sedentary end of the lifestyle spectrum. Think about the amount of activity you lose sitting before a computer for 8 hours. A cricketer typically starts his fitness routine by 6 or 7 am in the morning with running, stretching and few hours at the gym. The evenings could include a 2-hour net session. So almost four hours of solid time is consumed each day for sports while a sedentary lifestyle will struggle to accommodate even one hour. Most people, in the end, settle for a 30-minute fitness target.

You have to be smart in managing time to ensure a good balance between a day job and cricket during weekends which is good enough to meet match fitness. Using your office gym, ending your day with a night run , stretching and doing basic weights at home are some of your options to bridge the gap. If you still feel out of confidence a mini summer camp or 10-day cricket camp at one of the local cricket academies should do the trick.

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