1 TAKE A STANCE
“The simplest way to kick a soccer ball is with the inside of your foot. Get your standing leg nice and close to the ball, then rotate your [kicking] leg so that the flat part of your foot is available to hit the ball.”
2 LINE IT UP
“Make sure your foot, hips and body are pointing towards wherever you want the ball to go.” Once you’re set up, lift your kicking leg off the ground, keep your eyes on the ball and try not to lean backwards.
3 GO THE DISTANCE “[Aiming] is all about the follow through. Make sure that once you kick the ball, you follow through with your legs towards the target. This means your hip and kicking leg should swing towards the goal, too.”
TRAINING TOO MUCH?
SAY YOU’RE CHASING A TAUT, TONED BEACH BODY FOR BIKINI SEASON. Or maybe you want to improve your 10K pace, or get fit to crush it in an upcoming triathlon. Surely the answer is to work out erryday, right? And hey, why not squeeze in an extra barre class or Pilates session after work while you’re at it? Hold up, little lady!
When it comes to fitness, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing.
Going OTT on workouts might feel like you’re fast-tracking your goals, but it can have the opposite effect, leaving you rundown, fighting illness, tired or even injured. “This is because when you exercise you put strain on your cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and nervous systems,” explains physiotherapist Lucy Macdonald.
The point of exercise is to stress your body so it can learn to adapt, recover faster and grow stronger – so it makes sense that ifyou overdose on your favourite HIT sessions it can take a toll on your health. The good news is, you don’t have to wind down the intensity ofyour workouts, you just need to find your training sweet spot.