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October 5, 2023

Aussie Olympic basketballers share their health and fitness philosophy

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Basketballers Dave Andersen and Adam Gibson are Aussie NBL and Olympic legends. Now they’ve retired, their next career move is captaining basketball teams made up of everyday Aussies in the V-league.

A study by Voltaren has found that 63 per cent of Aussies have avoided exercise and movement because of aches and pains in their body – but often the best way to deal with pain is to keep your body moving.

The V-League is reviving the skills of some of basketball’s most beloved players and putting them to the test alongside everyday Australians who want to get moving again.

Here, the two team captains have joined 9Honey Coach’s series 5 Fitness Questions, where we picked their brains about all things health and fitness.

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1. We’re always being promised ‘the secret’ to getting and staying healthy. What’s yours?

Dave: Good balance is the key for me. I’ve always tried to touch on all aspects of health in the world of pro sport, whether it be in the weight room, on the court, or learning about mediation and recovery.

You have to be balanced in your attack on getting over injuries, this will usually pay dividends in the long game.

Adam: I think the key is to stay consistent with your routine! Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly will go a long way to achieving your goals.

2. What’s something you know now about health you wish you could go back in time and tell yourself five or 10 years ago?

Dave: Some of the current nutrition advice in regards to protein and fish oils, for example, I could have used at the middle points of my career to help out and possibly give me quicker responses to injuries.

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Mixture of different high protein foods including chicken, salmon, eggs and cheese.

I’m not a big fan of changing fate so I just enjoyed the journey and tried my best with what I had to make the most out of things, which I feel I did.

Adam: Fad diets don’t work, quick fixes don’t work, you need to keep a steady routine. Don’t expect results after a month, things take time to develop and results will come if you stay consistent!

 3. What’s your nutrition philosophy?

Dave: I believe in “balance”, nobody is perfect and you need to eat some bad stuff to let the body feel how much better the good stuff can make you feel! So, I always tried various things, balanced out my diet and never got too regimented or stuck on eating 100% healthy.

It’s about your psych as well – it’s hard and taxing to maintain a picture-perfect diet. I prefer to balance it out and tick along.

4. What’s one area of your own health, fitness or wellbeing you’re working to improve? Is there a goal you’ve set yourself, or a skill you’re trying to master?

Dave: An area of my own health I try to improve is my strength, whilst maintaining my flexibility and weight. I want to try stay young, be able to move around freely after my kids and work on my farm!

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So, I’m always getting along to the gym to work out, stretching multiple times a day and doing other exercises like walking or riding bikes to keep my knees moving – they suffered a lot from 23 years of Pro Ball life!

Adam: Since retiring, I’d taken a lot of time away from the gym and enjoyed life away from being a professional athlete.

Now I’m back in the gym four days a week, looking to get back into much better physical shape by keeping a steady routine and a consistent weekly plan while still enjoying life.

5. What’s a small, practical step you’d tell a friend to make if they asked your advice on something they can do to improve their health, starting today?

Dave: Always balance things out: if you eat something bad, you’ve gotta work out and make up for it. What goes in must come out, so the old “do the crime, do the time” philosophy works in this sense.

The other thing is get mates on board! Doing the hard slog on a bike or running or in the gym is always easier when you’ve got a mate involved. Bring people together because it’s harder to make excuses when you’re in a group.

Adam: Start your day walking your dog, or getting up early and going to grab a coffee. Or start going into a gym with a friend and get active that way!

It sets up your day, your body will feel stronger and fitter and it’ll all around improve your health and mood every day!

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