Everton defender Leighton Baines hopes to reap the benefits of summer fitness work when the new season begins.
The full-back was away with England at Euro 2012, where a failure to play meant extra training sessions, before then spending his short holiday making sure he kept in shape.
Such a regime could have obvious positives when the campaign gets under way and Baines is optimistic ahead of kick-off against Manchester United on 20th August.
The left-back, who has been persistently linked with a move to United, said: "When your football has continued on past the end of the season, it's important that you get at least three or four weeks where you can rest and switch off, both physically and mentally.
"Then you come back ready to go. I only took a week off to be honest. I figured it wouldn't be that long before I was back so I might as well stay in decent shape.
"You do that in the hope of avoiding injury more than anything. You get put through your paces when you come back in pre-season and there's a lot of stress put on your body.
"If you let yourself go too far, that's where you're going to get niggles and start missing important sessions.
"If you keep yourself up to scratch physically, you can get the full benefit when you start the season."