Aerobic: at least 3 days per week: examples include brisk walking, running, bicycling, and many sports such as soccer, basketball, hockey, and lacrosse.
Muscle Strengthening: at least 3 days per week: examples include gymnastics, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and weight lifting for older children.
Bone Strengthening: at least 3 days per week: examples include high impact activities such as jumping rope, running, and many sports.
Coaching Health Modules
The health modules below can be used by coaches, parents, and players during practice or in the off-season to improve flexibility, strength, and fitness.
1. Soccer Stretching Exercises
2. Soccer Pleyometrics
3. Healthy Kids
4. Fit for Fun
5. Smoking Education
6. Drink Choices
8. Nutrition Information for Parents
9. Offseason Training
Although you will develop the most as a soccer player during the season, the offseason is a crucial time to work on individual skills and to improve strength and conditioning. The best players maintain a year-round commitment to becoming better at every aspect of the game. There are a number of ways to accomplish this: from cross training with other sports to speed and agility workouts, to ball skill exercises, to strength training.