Cristiano Ronaldo Has A Secret Regime That Keeps Him In Incredible Shape
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Ninety minutes of chasing a ball around a football pitch is an intense workout for anyone (especially on a Sunday morning after seven pints the night before). But when you're getting paid millions to do it - you can't really be sloppy with your fitness regime.
And luckily for Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo takes things very seriously - treating himself to five 90-minute naps each day and eating little and often.
According to the MailOnline, the 34-year-old forward eats six meals a day, leaving around three to four hours between each - in a bid to support his fast metabolism.
He eats whole grains, fresh fruit and lean proteins contained in fish such as swordfish, sea bass and cod but there are conditions: the food must always be fresh and never frozen.
The publication also outlined how he has cheese, ham, low-fat yogurt, fruit and avocado toast for his breakfast. He avoids any carbonated drinks and won't eat red meat either. Oh and he considers chicken as one of the magical foods: rich in protein and low in fat...
Then there's the sleeping. Forced rest would probably be a bit of a pain in reality.
It seems his sleep pattern is to not have eight consecutive hours. Apparently he has five small rests of ninety minutes which is spread throughout the day.
It's obviously doing something for him because tests were performed on his body last year which indicated that he has the physical condition of a 23-year old.
He doesn't stop at healthy eating and sleeping on the regs either. Swimming is apparently his secret weapon and whenever he gets the chance, he's in the pool. Whether that's at home in his spare time or directly after a match when all the other players are heading home, you can't find Ronaldo swimming some lengths to help maintain that ripped physique.
After the pool, he uses baths of differing temperatures to stimulate muscle regeneration and then it's off for a session in the cryo chamber - a dock-off freezer for anyone that wasn't sure.
He reportedly had a chamber installed in 2013 after hearing it had worked well for Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery. It involves standing in a room that is -90 degrees Celsius for a couple of minutes at a time.
The idea is to basically trick your body into thinking it's dying, booting it into fight-or-flight mode and releasing a colossal rush of endorphins. Sounds like our idea of hell. We'll leave it to the pro.