- Start with some gentle stretching to warm up muscles and joints.
- Do no more than 1.5 hours per day initially.
- Switch tasks regularly.
- Kneel down when planting with both knees on a pad.
- When lifting, bend the knees and keep the back straight
- A WhatsApp group exclusively for non-rugby related self-development. Players and staff are sharing podcasts, books, movies and TV shows which have resonated with them.
- My favourite so far has been a book by Ryan Holiday titled Ego is the Enemy, recommended by our long serving centre Tom English.
- Career Development: Professional sport is a short and unpredictable career.
- A number of players have taken this opportunity to enrol in a multitude of free online university courses which have become available over this period
- Players have been also expanding their networks outside of rugby to gain insights into what life might look like post sport.
- Weekly Table Quiz: With our playing squad spread-out all-over Australia and New Zealand, a Thursday night table quiz, conducted over Zoom has kept the group connected and ensures plenty of banter!
- Player Watch: The playing squad has been divided into teams and led by a coach.
- Each group has been tasked with reviewing game footage and feeding back to the wider squad on technical and tactical areas for growth within our own team.
- Weekly Challenge: While the players have been provided with specific athletic performance and skill programs to complete at home, the Weekly Challenge has provided some fun and variety. So far, we have had, fastest 1.2km time trial, a rugby trick shot competition and a virtual cook off.
Monday – HIIT – 6pm
Tuesday – Legs, Bums & Tums – 6pm
Wednesday – Pilates for all – 6pm
Thursday – Legs, Bums & Tums – 6pm
Friday – HIIT – 1pm
1 slice of pineapple chopped up
1 handful of mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
1 handful of fresh, baby spinach
1 tablespoons of milled chia seeds or flaxseed
150-200ml of filtered water
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
A sprinkle of black pepper to aid absorption of turmeric
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend for 15 seconds. Enjoy!
If you are doing a Recipe of the Week or home work-out, show us how you get on by using #KeepingCorkHealthy on Twitter and tagging Echo Live & Mardyke Arena UCC.
The Cork Sports Partnership has teamed up with a number of partner organisations to develop the Keeping Cork Active resource to help people stay active and healthy at home during Covid-19. The resources are broken up into six easy to follow sections that can be found at www.activecork.ie
Games & Activities
Exercise & Activities
Sports Skills & Challenges
Exercise & Home Workouts
Inclusive & Adaptive Activities
Health & Wellbeing
In the coming weeks, the Cork Sports Partnership will share information from each section of the Keeping Cork Active resource with Echo readers.
The Family Play section of the Keep Cork Active resource is made up of activities and games that can be played at home with all the family. These are focused on active play, traditional games and family fun fitness. Here are some highlights from a couple of our partner organisations:
Safefood has put together a fun interactive wheel of traditional games as part of their ‘Getting Active’ campaign, these are games that all members of the family can play and enjoy. Simply spin the activity wheel to choose a game or activity and get moving!
Go to www.activecork.ie to spin & play Safefood’s interactive wheel.
This Girl Can is all about celebrating getting active in a fun and sociable way. The team at This Girl Can have created a host of resources for the whole family to enjoy such as their Disney Dance Along videos.
You can learn their moves or put your own spin on their routines.
At the end of the day, it’s about breaking a sweat while having a bit of fun. Go to www.activecork.ie to watch and partake in This Girls Can Disney Dance.
For more information on the Family Play — Games & Activity or for other ideas to stay active and healthy please visit www.activecork.ie