We Love Vienna but…

That is a bit of a bad title for people trying to start something in Vienna but this is a post that needs to be written.

Pick-up games live and die on the availability of cheap – read free- facilities –  that are available to the masses.  Basketball in Vienna is great as there are a lot of places in and around the city, Beach volleyball too, skating has a lot of places as well.  Then we come to “the beautiful game”, the one that every bar in the city made sure that every patron was able to see a TV for fear of losing customers, Football, Soccer, Fußball, fotbol whatever you call it.  This is not really catered to in the city at all.  Yes there is cage football available but that is not as in demand as playing on grass, jumpers for goal posts and joy of playing on grass.

Prater or Donauinsel are built for picnics, to play football there is to risk serious injury.

In London from the moment work, school or university finishes on a weekday in the summer, the parks are filled with people of various skill levels playing.  By the end of the summer the ground though hard as a rock and as bald as Bruce Willis after a hair cut it is still flat.  That is the thing that separates these parks from Prater or Donauinsel; flat, level, even surfaces. There are no sinkholes, craters etc where the ball or even a smaller player might disappear down.

Then, in a random conversation, this complaint was turned on its head as the most pristine and fantastic secret of Vienna was unveiled.  The emerald paradise that is DonauPark:

DonauPark where Monday night football can live on

DonauPark the Emerald Paradise

The Vienese home of Football

DonauTurm in DonauPark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is time that this park was used for the good of Football, it is really the un appreciated gem of Vienna and hopefully the saviour of Monday night football.

If you are interested in Monday night football or more games organized in DonauPark just register at One Player Down to find out more or to create your own.

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The exercise high – better than medication?

We have all felt that calm relaxed feeling after exercise, the high if you wish, making you promise yourself that tomorrow you will make sure you go back to the gym.  It is not always that easy to remember the feeling the next day though.

However, the British Medical Journal might have another motivator after recently published a study with the catchy objective “To determine the comparative effectiveness of exercise versus drug interventions on mortality outcomes“.  In plain English, as the New York Times puts it “Exercise can be as effective as many frequently prescribed drugs in treating some of the leading causes of death, according to a new report“.

Though it might not be news that exercise can be a good for you and enable you to enjoy your life it is new that it might prolong your life better than prescription drugs.

Actually, the New York Times Phys Ed Blog is a great read and for our German speaking readers the Runtastic blog is great

 

Fitness Friday

Following on from the news that Matthias is going to be training for the Marathon during the winter is seems like a good idea to start off Fitness Friday with a few tips on how to train over the winter.

Training indoor vs. Training outdoor.

It is a best to mix it up.  We all know how cold Vienna can get so, sometimes it is going to be best to train indoors.  Make sure you treat it with as much seriousness as you would outdoors and set the treadmill on a slight incline to simulate a more realistic environment.

Make sure you train with the right gear there are many blogs about this and make sure you heed the tips about not running at all when it is icy.

Also remember stretching is as important as wearing the right gear.

Check out Marathon Nation and Runners World for more tips

What is new in the world of OPD

We have been listening to you, we promise.  In fact, one nice extra that we just added was a head count on the events themselves to make a quick headcount easier and stopping you getting your screens dirty by pointing and counting, we admit that we count that way, so, so can you, we won’t tell anyone.

Warning!  Here comes the part where we tell you what you should do but it is actually a confession of what one of us did wrong.

We would like to take the time to remind some of the more injury prone players out there (Nick is one of them, currently sidelined with a torn calf muscle), that warming up before you play is not something that you should deem optional.

Here is a great article from Bupa giving you some tips.