How is Soccer Related to Nature?

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Written by Daniel Pena, Bachelors in Kinesiology and footballer: Learn More

How is the beautiful game related to nature? Nature’s impact on soccer performance is a game-changer and it could be the ”secret” weapon you’ve been missing. I say “secret” because it’s not really a secret that we should connect with nature yet many soccer players, youth and at the professional level, fail to take advantage of the many, and oftentimes free, benefits of working with nature.

In this blog I will explain how soccer relates to nature and the crucial role it plays in overall health, performance, and recovery.

Soccer and Nature

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The Similarities of Soccer and Nature

Although soccer and nature are two completely different things, there are many similarities between the two. First, the thrill of the game, whether in local matches or on the grand stage like the World Cup, mirrors the unpredictability of natural settings. Research, such as this one, shows that soccer is one of the most, if not the most unpredictable sport in the world, and anything can happen at any moment, in the same way that anything can happen out in nature.

The unpredictability is what sets soccer apart from other sports. Think about the World Cup for a second. Even people who don’t regularly watch soccer will watch the World Cup and usually keep watching soccer, even occasionally, afterwards because it gives them a glimpse of what the beautiful game is all about.

Other countries have even more unpredictability because they have promotion and relegation systems which the United States does not. This type of system makes every game a high pressure game and requires a different type of drive and motivation that might be lacking in systems that do not have promotion and relegation.

Similarly, nature and the environment around us are unpredictable and always changing. Natural ecosystems are shaped by various factors, such as weather patterns, seasonal changes, and the interactions between different species. Just like a soccer match can surprise with unexpected goals, comebacks, and moments of magic, nature constantly surprises us with unpredictable weather, wildlife encounters, and more.

Among all this unpredictability and chaos, there is also a lot of teamwork involved, which aims to create order from all of the disorder. Soccer teams, like natural ecosystems, must work together to navigate through the environment and accomplish a common goal.

Players must communicate effectively and understand each other’s movements, to respond to the ever-changing dynamics on the field. This teamwork is similar to the collaborative efforts seen in nature, where different species interact and depend on each other for survival.

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Nature is a Decentralized System, not a Centralized System

Now that you understand how soccer and nature are more similar than they are different, let’s talk about how nature is a decentralized system, meaning there is no single authority in charge. Most things in our modern world are centralized, meaning they do have a leading authority figure in charge such as the government, the fitness industry, the food industry, the music industry, pharmacies, hospitals, schools, gyms, and many more examples.

The image above is of various examples of decentralized systems found in this world. Another example of a decentralized system is Bitcoin, which is why many people are fans of Bitcoin because it is harder for the Centralized system, in this case banks, to control what you do with your money.

Basically, everything in our modern world is now centralized, meaning there is a ruling authority over those systems. Usually, these centralized systems will work to push out agendas and narratives that they believe to be true and they will try to enforce these beliefs on the citizens until they also believe them to be true, even if they are not.

For example, the fitness industry has certain beliefs about how to train for strength and conditioning; the food industry has certain beliefs about what foods they want you to eat and what foods to avoid; and the pharmacies tell you that you need their medications.

Nature is the biggest most well established decentralized system in the world and it has been doing its own natural experiments for billions of years. We are a product of nature’s experiments, which is why we are alive today.

This is why it is best to work with nature, meaning you follow the laws and rules of nature, because we are and have always been part of this decentralized system. There is no doubt that centralized institutions are very helpful when it comes to emergencies, such as saving lives during car crashes, breaking bones, and things like that.

However, when it comes to longevity and your overall long-term health, these centralized systems do not have your health in mind. Most of these centralized “experts” learned about “medicine” and how to put people on medicine but they were not taught real human biology, physics, and chemistry, which you have to understand to understand the body. Once you do the research you will understand that math is the most fundamental science, because applied math is physics, and we can use physics, or quantum physics, to help heal faster.

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Healing with Nature is FREE

Most of the things I will explain in the next section about how you can work with nature are FREE and they will have a much bigger impact on your health than anything centralized systems try to sell you. This is something centralized systems do not want you to know, because if you learn the truth about how you can heal anything with nature, then they can no longer sell you things and they lose customers.

Once you start working with the biggest decentralized system in the universe you will begin to experience life-changing results in your health and athleticism. There are many reasons why nature is beneficial, but the biggest reason as to why working with nature can reverse a lot of diseases and problems is because of its impact on mitochondrial function and your circadian rhythm, which are the most fundamental aspects of health.

Most, if not all, diseases are related to the mitochondrial genome, not your nuclear genome (your genetics), because your mitochondria are responsible for how you create and use energy inside your body. Intuitively, doesn’t it make sense that working with nature, something we are a part of, can heal you?

Soccer and Nature Image by Mari Carmen Del Valle Cámara

The Benefits of Working With Nature

Before I explain the benefits of working with nature, let’s talk about the benefits.

  • Improves sleep
  • optimizes hormone production
  • Improves mitochondrial function
  • Improves fascia health
  • Improves athleticism
  • Improves recovery speed
  • Improves immunity
  • Improves energy levels
  • Improves mental health
  • improves mood
  • Decreases stress and anxiety
  • Decreases your risk of injury

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How to Work with Nature

Now that you have a better understanding of what nature is and its benefits, let’s discuss how you can start becoming more aligned with nature.

  • Don’t go to bed too late
  • Wake up early enough to see the sunrise in the morning
  • See the sunset in the evening
  • After sunset, wear blue light blockers to block artificial blue light from electronic devices
  • Get enough sunlight daily and avoid sunglasses, that block out important wavelengths of the sun, and sunscreens, that are loaded with cancer-causing chemicals
  • Spend time barefoot to get the benefits of grounding
  • Use natural recovery techniques daily and as much as possible
  • Prioritize healthy food and nutrition and learn how to hydrate properly.
  • Limit and avoid EMF exposure using EMF Radiation Protection
  • Use barefoot style shoes
  • Go on long walks in nature
  • Spend more time outside with the clean air and sunlight
  • Stop staying indoors, not getting enough sunlight, and looking at screens all day
  • Stop wearing shoes all day
  • Stop eating processed junk food
  • Stop drinking tap water
  • Stop applying a ton of synthetic chemicals on your skin

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best soccer training program?

The best online soccer training program and soccer app is Football Entangled. There is no other program like Football Entangled on the market and this community, much more than just an app, will help you get closer to making your dreams a reality, plus they are also huge believes in the importance of working with nature.

How can soccer players help with climate change and habitat destruction?

As the world faces challenges like climate change and habitat destruction, athletes can have a positive effect by promoting eco-friendly practices, brands and products, and raising awareness about the environmental impact.

What is the best way to get better at soccer?

The most essential way to get better at soccer is with daily practice and participation in team training and pick up games. Check out this blog for a more in depth look at how to get better at soccer.

What is the best soccer equipment to train with?

Soccer, or football, is a fairly simple game that requires hardly any equipment for you to enjoy. All you really need is your bare feet, a ball, and maybe some cleats, although playing without cleats will help you better connect with your environment. Check out this blog for the best soccer training equipment.

Conclusion

In conclusion, soccer, and physical activity in general, and the natural environment are a lot more similar than they are different. Working with nature, which means following the natural laws of the planet, and not working against them, is one of the most simple, and basically free, things that you can do to improve your overall well being, performance on the field, and recovery.

In this blog, I covered everything you need to know about how soccer and nature are related from explaining their similarities, to explaining how nature is a decentralized system, as well as providing you with tips on how to align with nature to get its many powerful and free benefits.

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