Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Yahoo Sport News: Mindfulness the key to Giggs longevity

On 28th November 2013, Yahoo Sports News published an article about UK's Manchester United Football player Ryan Giggs, on it's 'pitchside-europe' blog titled: Mindfulness the key to Giggs longevity.

Here are some key quotes:
"Giggs’ longevity is a testament to his discipline, on and off the pitch.

While still in possession of a decent turn of pace – shown on one or two occasions in Germany – he is by no means the searing, jinking winger of old. While many would simply fade into their 30s, he has retrained as a crafty central midfielder, with astute positioning and intelligent use of the ball. Not to mention remarkable energy levels.
Giggs points to his adoption of yoga as a factor in his extended career. Many footballers have followed suit, but the simple adoption of yoga as a physical pursuit limits its effectiveness. Yoga, if practised correctly, is more than just an exercise of the body; it is a limitless pursuit of discipline, self-awareness, mindfulness and study of the individual. The focus on oneself is hugely important, even if it is only for a daily hour of stretches and meditation.

It may sound pretentious, but it appears Giggs – whose monastic eating and drinking habits have played a huge part in lengthening his career – has fully embraced the discipline. His professionalism and attention to detail combine with a lithe flexibility and a total understanding of his role. The late Steve Jobs – a fellow yogi – may well have agreed.
Giggs is already the oldest player to score in a Champions League match."

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