Sky Sports’ Sunday Special is the ultimate day for sports fans with 18 hours of epic live action. Sky Sports has teamed up with sports scientist, John Mulcahy to produce the ultimate Survival Guide ensuring fans don’t miss a minute of the live action.
Starting at 6am with the Australian GP and ending after midnight on the glorious greens of Augusta – with a Man City v Liverpool title-decider sandwiched in between – planning for this day for back-to-back iconic sporting moments will be crucial.
With this expert advice, viewers can rest easy knowing they can stay the course and take in all the action.
7 tips to survive Sky Sports’ Sunday Special:
Behind all great performances is a great plan – every team and athlete will have one for Sunday, and TV viewers can do the same. When people experience positive social interactions, they are more likely to feel a sense of belonging. Picking the right teammates for Sunday is vital to enjoy those big sporting moments together.
TOP TIP: Pre-empt when distractions will occur and factor those in around the action. Will you need to take the dog for a walk or get a few chores done? Make sure you strategically allocate time in advance to avoid interruption, and involve viewing partners - friends or family – in all your planning.
Keeping your concentration will be key to enjoying the Sunday Special as the excitement of a full day of live sport can take its toll – a risk as the final putts are holed at Augusta National in the early morning!
TOP TIP: It’s vital you make sure the front room remains relatively cool (approx 18 °C) and opening windows at least once an hour is advised.
3) Sleep Planning
Studies show that fewer than eight hours sleep can result in up to a 10% decrease in focus. Getting a solid rest is essential to maximising your chances of watching the Sunday Special in its entirety and not missing a key moment.
TOP TIP: Make sure it’s lights out one hour earlier on the days leading up to Sunday, so you don’t miss the start of the Melbourne GP. Likewise push bedtime back an hour if you want to see the conclusion of The Masters.
The key is to eat a combination of high quality carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. This will allow energy to be released evenly over a period of hours meaning you feel fuller for longer. No unnecessary trips to the kitchen.
TOP TIP: Avoid fried food and all high-sugar snacks, which can result in a sugar-crash.
Staying hydrated is a must if you are to maintain concentration and focus; drink between 2 and 2.5 litres of fluids.
TOP TIP: Too much alcohol is a no-go. Alcohol is a depressant, which increases your chances of falling asleep as the evening goes on.
6) Exercise and Activity
The action during the Sunday Special will surely keep you jumping out of your seat but remember to stand regularly throughout the day to fend off the drowsiness and keep your blood circulation pumping.
TOP TIP – Make sure you stand up regularly, our expert recommends once an hour.
7) Stress and Relaxation
Research carried out at the University of Oxford has shown a spike in the stress hormone cortisol amongst some football fans while they watch their team. One solution to subduing those stress levels is yoga, which is scientifically proven to reduce cortisol levels... go on, give it a go
TOP TIP – Try 5-10 minutes of gentle stretching at periods throughout the day to reduce stress.
"I’m loving watching the first men’s Major of the year here at Augusta’s hallowed course," said Sky Sports Golf's Paul McGinley.
"There’s been a lot of “will he / won’t he” about Tiger but it’s great to see that he’s up for it. It’s going to be scintillating golf over the days to come with so many names that could be in the running when we reach the final day, including Rahm, McIlroy, Lowry. But rule Tiger out at your peril – the man just knows how to win."
With the Australian GP, Man City v Liverpool and the final day of The Masters, it promises to be a scintillating day of sport, but there’s lots more to get stuck into on this Sky Sports Sunday Special.
Further live football offerings include Norwich v Burnley and St. Mirren v Rangers in the SPFL, while there’s also international Test cricket and IPL action, two live Suncorp Netball matches as well as live basketball from the final round of regular-season NBA.
Watch the action live on Sky Sports.