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Staying Fit & Healthy During Lockdown: Tips from a Pro Athlete

Introducing professional rugby player Ben Mosses! Ben's living in France playing for Nice rugby club Stade Niçois, he's been using our Vitamin C and Omega 3 Zooki to help him with his training and arduous fitness regime. We caught up with Ben to ask him how he's been keeping up his fitness during lockdown.

 

 

By Ben Mosses

During these arduous times, my thoughts first and foremost go out to those affected by this horrible illness and the amazing frontline workers who are tackling this. However tough this may seem now, we will come through the other side and it’s imperative that people keep themselves active, not just for physical health but mental wellbeing too. It’s easier said than done and fortunately I play professional rugby, so I have the support network around me providing information on when to train and what to eat, which I wanted to share. 

The internet is saturated with amazing personal trainers and fitness gurus doing Instagram lives or providing free programs to people. We should be making the most of these! The most important thing is to create a routine, that way you have a schedule and you’re more likely to stick to it. I like to physically write down my day and structure it by the hour, so I have something to look forward to and can easily build in my fitness sessions.

It starts with my morning routine, which is quite simple. Firstly, coffee, because that’s how every good day starts, followed by my supplements. Firstly, Turmeric - a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, vital for keeping active like myself. CBD – again studies have shown it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Omega 3 fish oil – brilliant for cognitive function and the lubrication of joints, the YourZooki Omega 3 is the best I’ve taken, the Peach & Mango flavour is delicious, with no fishy after taste whatsoever. Finally, and most importantly, when training a lot your immune system can become suppressed so for me it’s important to do everything I can to support it that. I take YourZooki Vitamin C as it’s a high concentration - 1000mg, and their liposomal absorption method means my body is absorbing 50% more nutrients than it would taking normal Vitamin C products. All these supplements are to aid my professional performance, but that’s not to say you can’t use them day-today to feel better in yourself. Everyone has goals whether it’s running a marathon, winning the father son race at school, however big or small, it’s important we do what we can to improve our health.

As well as taking these supplements, be proactive. Start your morning with some mobility, using a foam roller or hockey ball to loosen up the main areas like your back, hips and legs if you don’t have much time. This helps release toxins from the muscles and relieve tension, so we can perform better and avoid many injuries when training.

Training wise, I structure my day into two main parts, cardio and weights. In terms of managing your own load, alternate between the two types of sessions and do one per day if you can – I need to do two as an athlete to maintain my fitness. If you start to do both without some training under your belt, injuries can occur so be patient with yourself. I would aim for 4-5 30-minute sessions per week and give yourself the weekends off.

The first session will be a body weight circuit.  These are easy to do as no equipment is required and it’s great for toning your body and burning an optimum amount of calories. Keep it simple, a few great exercises over the 30 minutes include: Press ups, burpees, squat jumps, sit ups and lunges.

My second session of the day will be cardio based, which is imperative for your heart-health. I tend to mix it up, so it doesn’t become mundane. Hill sprints, cycling and long distant running is great for your aerobic (moving) fitness and will do your heart the wealth of good. No matter what level of fitness you are, persistence is key, and you’ll see the rewards the more you do it. Set yourself targets and go smash your goals!"

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