With just a week left in February, Essendon’s Michael Hibberd is feeling the benefits of a month without alcohol.
The Bombers were pipped at the post in their first NAB Challenge match against Gold Coast on Monday, but Hibberd looked in very good nick – collecting 25 possessions and 10 marks off half-back.
The 24-year-old defender is one of several AFL players who committed to FebFast in a bid to enter the season with a month of good health behind him.
He discussed the benefits of FebFast on SEN’s The Run Home this week. While going without alcohol has helped his footy, Hibberd also explained how footy has helped make the FebFast challenge easier.
“It’s good to be back out playing, so it makes it a lot easier to have quiet weekends and stay off the beers,” Hibberd said.
“The hot weather makes it a bit tempting at times, but I’m getting through the month pretty well.”
While some taking part in FebFast are going without sugar for the month, Hibberd said that challenge might’ve been too much for him to handle.
“I don’t mind the lollies. I’m a bit of a lolly fan, so I thought if I was doing the beers and the lollies I’d be pushing it a bit.”
By all accounts, Hibberd’s had a great pre-season. Jokingly, he suggested others could do well to follow his lead on the track.
“I reckon the skipper could be better,” he said with a laugh.
“Nah he’s going alright. Hopefully he’s not listening.”