Courtois is becoming more dominant After missing the last three games with a knee injury, Toni Kroos is close to returning to action. The German took part in the first half of Real Madrid training on Monday morning and then worked on a specific fitness plan, as did Mariano, who picked up a muscle injury last week. Kroos could make his return to action against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, although it appears much likelier that he will return on Saturday against Rayo Vallecano in the last game before the Club World Cup. Elsewhere, Casemiro, Sergio Reguilon and Nacho were all on the field as they continue their own recovery processes. Those who started at El Alcoraz on Sunday carried out a recovery session indoors, although Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Odriozola, Raphael Varane, Lucas Vazquez, Dani Ceballos and Marcos Llorente did make their way outside for running work. … [Read more...] about Kroos returns to training with the group
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ARMAGH assistant manager Jim McCorry has called on the GAA to take a common sense approach to sanctions imposed on counties found to have broken training regulations, as the Orchardmen face losing home advantage for a game at the start of the 2019 National League. While 17 counties were investigated for a potential breach of the rule – which banned counties from going on 'away' training breaks in the period after the League, except in the 10-day period before their first Championship game – only four, including Armagh, have been sanctioned. Among those to escape punishment are the Dublin footballers after Croke Park accepted the explanation that their group trip to France and Belgium was solely to visit the site of World War I battles. Armagh footballers and Wexford hurlers both travelled to Portugal, while Waterford hurlers and Laois footballers went to venues in Ireland for weekend sessions. As a result, the Orchard could have one home League game moved to a neutral … [Read more...] about GAA needs to take common sense approach to training ban sanctions says Armagh’s Jim McCorry
Anyone can start a health kick, but changes need to go deeper for them to last. According to celebrity personal trainer Faisal Abdalla, it’s PMA – Positive Mental Attitude – that will help you to continue to make good choices. PMA is a state of mind and the key to success. It’s looking for the positive in everything, seizing every opportunity and believing in yourself. Start with a positive mindset Begin each day with positivity – you will be more open to seeing the good in situations. Start with a positive affirmation. Repeat it a few times; write it down; screenshot it on your phone and look at it through the day. With enough repetition, they become your reality. Say them out loud, in front of a mirror is best. Make them in the present tense: ‘I am’, ‘I have’, not ‘I will’, ‘I could’… Three affirmations to help you reach your dreams: ● I believe in myself; I can be everything I want to be. … [Read more...] about Why having a positive mental attitude is the key to success
Getting to a gym can be tiring in itself, while regularly practicing yoga and pilates at centers can be expensive, leading to a lack of motivation by many, especially as the temperatures rise. Thus, a good regular workout can be difficult at times, especially for expats who are already out of their element. However, there are a number of excellent ways to exercise at home at any time and length of your choice with websites, apps and video programs, giving you no more excuses to lay low when it comes to regularly working out. For beginners If you are rusty or new to working out, then starting out slowly and evenly with yoga may just be the best way to go. The benefits of yoga are countless, such as weight loss, stretching and flexibility and clarity of the mind, all of which are certainly reason enough to get a mat and get going. Furthermore, if you practice with the pros at home, you can become fluid in your postures and impress when you take your practice to new venues. Luckily for us … [Read more...] about Get fit for summer: Ways to workout at home
If the thought of going to a crowded gym brings you out in a cold sweat and gets your heart pumping for all the wrong reasons, the idea of creating a personalised home gym may have crossed your mind. And if cycling appeals, your eyes will turn to a static exercise bike(or a turbo trainer – a stationary device to which you can attach your 'real' bike. As an example, check out the Tacs Flux Smart Trainer, available for £599 at probikekit.co.uk.) The best exercise bikes are less bulky than a treadmill or a cross-trainer, and it means you would swerve the journey to and from the gym (time efficient for those with busy schedules) or avoid the traffic you might encounter on a road bike (all the while sheltered from the elements), enjoying the same health benefits and performance improvements in the comfort of your own home. It's the one-stop solution to all your weight loss goals and gym-going woes. Right? Short, … [Read more...] about The best exercise bikes: is indoor cycling an effective way to lose weight and avoid the gym?