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How long can you play club cricket at a decent level and still enjoy it?
You don't find many professional cricketers playing beyond 40 these days. Club players can go on longer as the demands are less. However for most of us the glory days are in our 20's. What follows is a gradual drop in standard as we hit 40, 50 and beyond.
As a player in his 30's, I'm interested in finding out if it's possible to slow down this decline. I'm inclined to think there is.
Both Michael Boyle and Dr. John Berardi agree that many of the symptoms of aging are self inflicted and with the right exercise combined with the right diet we can maintain our quality of life for longer.
Let's look at some of the things that might cause a drop in cricket performance as we get older:
- Slower reactions
- Reduction in strength and power
- Lower endurance levels
- Increased tiredness
- Chronic pain (especially lower back, knee and neck)
- Weight gain
Every one of those age related issue (and loads more) can be almost totally eliminated by exercise and diet. As Dr. Berardi says: "metabolic decline can be prevented entirely".
If you can strength train, do intervals and follow the 10 rules of good nutrition you will be boosting your metabolism, cutting the effect of age on your reaction times speed and power, keeping your weight under control and feeling healthier.
Don't wait for the symptoms of age to catch you up forcing you to lower your standards or even retire. Look after your body and feel the rewards of playing at a better standard for longer.© Copyright miSport Holdings Ltd 2008