7 steps to a winning World Cup workout

Love it or loathe it, you certainly can’t avoid it – yes, the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ kicks off this month, which means TV screens everywhere are going to be overrun by, well, kick offs and running!

 

But while watching and cheering on your team is fun, there is a more serious side to all the sporting action – mainly your own inaction.

 

Because sitting down to watch a 90-minute match can cut the blood flow behind your knee by half, which can greatly raise your chance of developing a blood clot.1

 

But don’t worry, while you’re hoping for your team to beat the other side, our special Thrombo Coach Guide for this year’s game is here to help you get up and make #Time2Move, helping to reduce your risk of a deep vein thrombosis – a blog clot in the leg!

 

Without further delay, get ready, get set… make #Time2Move!

 

Kick-off

It’s only the beginning of the match, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start off strong! As the ball starts moving, so do you. Sit on the edge of your seat, and start with a simple sitting-down leg kick, just like what’s happening on-screen!

 

Penalty kick

Walking backwards, or walking forwards, or squatting down to line up the ball; everyone has their own ritual before they take a penalty kick. Why not channel your favourite player and copy them! Keep it simple, and have a go at copying them in your living room.

 

Goal

They’ve scored! Whether it’s your team or not, it’s something to celebrate! So now it’s time for you to do the same. Sort of… as they circle round in the air, circle your foot around with a simple ankle roll or two.

 

Substitution

They’re swapping players, so we want you to stand up and swap couch places with whoever you’re watching the match with! (Bonus points for giving each other a high five as you do it!)

 

Final whistle

And that’s match! If you’ve won, do a series of knee raises, one for each point won by your team of choice. If you lost… actually, do the same. Those guys have still run round a football pitch for 90 minutes (or longer), which is a pretty good job!

 

References:

1. Thrombosis UK: The Thrombosis Charity. Reducing the risk of e-thrombosis. February 2013

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