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Don’t let the cricket turn your fitness to Ashes this summer

CSP press release published on 12 July 2013

This summer’s Ashes contest will involve 22 cricketers engaged in a battle of skill, mental toughness and physical excellence.

For the rest of us, it will probably mean sitting on a sofa for up to seven hours a day.

Chartered physiotherapist Matt Todman has some advice for fans to help them stay in shape as the five-match series goes on:

It’s not only the fielders who should change positions at the end of each over. Spending too long in the same position can lead to conditions such as back pain and even deep vein thrombosis, so adjust your position after each over.

Use the drinks breaks well. The players take on fluids to replace those lost through sweating. You’re less likely to get a bead on, but it’s still important to remain hydrated throughout the day. The break is also a good opportunity to get up and stretch.

Perform your own highlights package during the intervals. The lunch and tea breaks offer the perfect opportunity to get outside with friends and family to recreate what you’ve just watched. Make sure you warm up first though.

To boost your fitness, do 10 press-ups every time England lose a wicket. Or, to get a bigger workout, do it whenever the Aussies lose one.

The close of play in the Test is just the beginning for you. Find a local club and sign up – no matter what your standard, there will always be a game for you somewhere.

Free advice on how to incorporate more exercise into your day and on warming up and cooling down is available from the CSP at: http://www.csp.org.uk/your-health/healthy-living/public-information-leaflets

To access physiotherapy in your area, see your GP or self-refer to your local NHS service. Private patients can visit www.csp.org.uk and use the Physio2u tool to find a local physiotherapist.

Matt Todman owns the Six Physio group of practices in London.

For further media information about the CSP please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email pressoffice@csp.org.uk. Out of hours please call Becca Bryant, head of press and PR (job-share) on 079172 40819, Jennie Edmondson, head of press and PR (job share) on 07786 332197, Jon Ryan, media and PR officer on 07917 091200 or Paul Marston, media and PR officer, on 07766 994141.

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