Wolves’ Matt Jarvis on living healthy!
Thursday 03 May 2012
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Matt Jarvis gives us his insider fitness tips
You are a super-fit and healthy footie player, so what tips would you give Closeronline readers to get in shape?
My advice would be everything in moderation! I have to exercise and stay very fit as it’s my job, but I also really enjoy it as well – exercise makes you feel so much better.
Tell us about the level of commitment it takes to be a professional footballer.
I train most days, with a rest after a game day! I usually train with the team for about two hours doing cardio. We actually train outside, and then maybe twice a week we’re in the gym doing circuits with free weights.
If you find it daunting going for a long run or embarking on a big fitness regime, my advice would be to start off with small steps. For example if you get the bus or the tube every day, try getting off one stop earlier and you will start to improve your fitness without even realising it! Also water is key – make sure you are drinking lots, and cut down on fizzy drinks, which have lots of sugars and calories. By making these small changes you will really see a difference.
Are you healthy all the time?
I do try to be, but of course we all have our days off. I make sure that where possible I pick the healthier option with food such as picking brown bread over white bread. I find if I eat little but often then I don’t get hungry, and you also keep your blood sugar at a good level. If you’re eating in moderation you don’t crave the bad fatty foods!
What are your indulgences?
I do indulge in sweets! Either Haribos or pick’n’mix, say at the cinema!!
Is there anything you totally avoid?
I never eat tomatoes, as I just don’t like them. It’s the bits! Haha!
Do you drink alcohol on a night out?
I don’t drink that much during the season, but if I did, I’d have a beer or a Disaronno [a liqueur with a bittersweet almond taste] if not just water!
For any readers who don’t have time to go to the gym what advice would you give them about getting in shape?
Take the stairs, walk wherever possible and make sure you are being pro-active as much as you can. With those small changes you will hopefully see a difference.
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