NMI football team remains in shape

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THE CNMI National Football Team members continue to train and maintain proper nutrition even though they are unable to work out as a team.

TanHoldings’ Oliver Fajardo winds up for the long pass in a Youth League game at the NMI Soccer Training Center.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

“The coaches regularly remind the players to do their exercises at home,” national team coach Jersh Angeles said in an interview with Variety. “We send them videos on our group chat to guide them with their exercises. For the members of the older group, we ask them to send photos of their meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on our group chat so we can see and monitor their food intake and nutritional value.”

In addition, coaches and players share videos and articles related to football.

The home workouts recommended by coaches consist of core, upper body and leg exercises using body weight (planks, sit-ups, lunges, push-ups), loop band exercises for core, stability, ball touches/juggling for 30 to 45 minutes, jogging for 30-45 minutes, and other forms of exercises.

Angeles also created a group on Facebook that allows members to share their home-workout tips and routines. “I came up with the idea for ‘I AM FIT Global Challenge’ while I was doing my run last Saturday morning on Beach Road. Why not involve as many people as possible to exercise and get fit wherever they are in the world?”

Angeles said his “mission is to gather as much people as I can through the FB group and encourage them to stop worrying and to stay fit or for most of them to start getting fit amid the [Covid-19] crisis.”

Participants must share photos and videos of their exercises whether they’re “light” or hardcore workouts. They can also share their healthy meals and other fitness and nutrition ideas.

“So far, so good,” Angeles said. “I’ve been receiving posts from different people from Saipan, the U.S., Hong Kong, the Philippines and other countries. Anyone interested could join the group.”

Angeles believes that being mentally and physically healthy will help prevent any illness, including Covid-19.

“We take this crisis seriously and we want to be part of the solution. The best way is to cancel all NMI Football Association matches, activities, events and trainings. Everyone is eager to come to the field and play again, but we have to patiently wait until this is over. We can use this time to be productive in our home and to discover new hobbies/interests.”

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