Athlete of the Week: Rahul Dravid
One of the most under-rated cricketers of all time, Rahul Dravid at 38 has reached a new milestone. He raced past Ricky Ponting to become the second highest run-getter in tests, cementing his position as one of the all time greatest cricketers ever, scoring a century to get to the milestone during the first test match at Lords. Standing tall while wickets fall around him is something that he is used to, but only the most extraordinary display of mental strength makes him able to do this time and again. Let's see what this great cricketer at 38 does to remain in top form.
Rahul Dravil starts his day with a metabolic run every morning. This means that he may do just some running at times but metablolic running means he does short bursts of high intensity interval training which are essentially sprints. Sprints help him with his fielding as well as with running between wickets. Sprints are very important for building strength and lean muscle too.
As a cricketer he needs to train his lower body and upper body all round and become strong. But in his own words, he says that at this level of the sport, flexibility is key and therefore he mostly does light weights because heavy weights make your structure bulky and you lose flexibility. He goes to the gym for weight training thrice a week when he is not playing a tournament. In between matches the training provided to the team is good enough for him to stay fit.
At 38, Rahul Dravid still takes all the catches that come to him, has loads of energy to stay on the field as long as his team wants him to, and still looks fitter than a lot of the younger cricketers out there.
According to Dravid, yes it gets tougher the more you age, but that just means you have to work harder for the same results and he has never been one to shy away from hard work. As long as you know that you need to work harder, that is your answer and fitness is the most important aspect of over all health and happiness whether you are an athlete or whether you just want to live a fruitful life.
On mental strength:
After his 6 am metabolic run Dravid meditates for 30 minutes everyday. This takes the form of his cool head on his shoulders and mental prowess when he comes on the field to bat. He remains unfazed through it all and this is probably the single most important quality he possesses that has made him as successful as he is today.
Dravid also does yoga for building concentration and flexibility.
On his diet:
Dravid stays away from sweets during a tournament, as he says that they make him sluggish on field. He is careful with calories, a healthy eater, and always make sure he has sports nutrition food packets handy for his energy needs.
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