To work on you fitness, you first need to know and understand the aspects of it so it’s clear what you need to do to improve it. Being fit is central to our health and to our sense of well-being. Health and fitness mean so much more than just the absence of illness. If we are healthy and fit then physical, mental and social and spiritual aspects of our lives are working well together. Fitness is crucial to success in sport. It is essential for us to look at the particular demands of our sport and identify in what ways we need to develop our fitness.
For me personally to be fit, I think I only need to improve on my physical fitness because I am in good health Physical fitness is the ability of our body to carry out everyday activities with little fatigue and with enough energy left for emergencies. Fitness is a blend of a number of physical qualities. We all need these qualities to a greater or lesser extent. There is a minimal level of fitness. Which we all need, to have good health, this is heath related fitness. These are split into four different areas, this are- Aerobic capacity- this means that we need to be able to work for relatively long periods of time without becoming overtired. Strength- this means we need to be strong enough to carry out all our everyday tasks.
Body build- this means that we need to carry the right amount of fat and muscle. Flexibility- this means that we need to be able to move our joints through their full range of movement. This helps us use our body in the way it was designed to be used. The other type of fitness is sport related fitness. This is broken down into seven areas. To be successful in most sports you need to be as fit as possible in all these areas. They are: Speed- is our ability to move all or part of our bodies a quickly as possible. Muscular power- is our ability to contract muscles with speed and force in one explosive act.
The sport im going to work on an aspect of is football. I play for my local team on a Sunday afternoon and train once a week, I also play on random nights of the week with my mates on the Astroturf and play once a week in P.E. I think im quite fast and strong and also quite fit endurance wise but the main thing that I think is letting down my game and needs to be improved is my agility. I seem quite flat-footed and would like to be more agile to beat players with the ball and to stay controlled when approached by an attacker.
In football I play right wing, which requires me to be agile, and I think my game would be greatly improved if I were more so. It would improve: Ability to change direction to race away from a defender to get the ball. Tern quickly with the ball to evade defenders at speed. From still, move at speed away. Keep control of the ball, running at players at speed and being able to tern quickly and race off at speed. Standing on feet at in control of when approached by a player and being able to tern and change speed as they do.
On television, players such as Ryan Giggs and Thierry Henry show an exceptional level of agility on and off the ball and it really shows. Agility can be measured by the Illinois agility run. Lie face down and complete the course as fast as possible. Tested myself half way through or even on numerous occasions to test how I am doing and push me to improve if I’m not reaching my goals.
I think that my program was successful considering time I had and facilities. I followed the principles of training as well as I could and it paid off. I have noticed a difference in my game when it comes to agility. I feel more comfortable on and off the ball. Part of this I think is because I know I have improved so I’m more confident in my ability. I have enjoyed doing the training program and I think will do one in my own personal time to improve other aspects of my game at a later stage while still doing regular agility training so my fitness doesn’t tire.