The Olympics are all the buzz right now. Do you ever wonder what their training schedule is like or what they eat? While it is impossible for the average person to keep up with an Olympic schedule, you can learn a few tips from Olympians on how to be healthier. Here are some tips:
- Learn from failure! Even Olympians have to deal with loss and failure. Use failure as an inspiration to keep pushing forward. It shows you what you need to work on and can motivate you to be even better. Think about it: If you were so good at something that you won every time, you would never grow and get better.
- Reset after you have a stressful day. If you have a tough workout or just a stressful day in general, give yourself time to reset and calm down. Take a bath, use a face mask, watch your favorite guilty pleasure show or do whatever relaxes you.
- Stop the negative body talk. No matter what your fitness or health goals are, you are being counteractive if you treat your body like crap. Your body will react to how you treat it. Every body is different and yours is uniquely you! Be kind and treat yourself as you would a friend.
- Find your favorite healthy snack that energizes you throughout the day, especially after a workout. Some Olympian suggestions: apples and almond butter, smoothies or Greek yogurt and granola.
- Pick small, attainable goals that lead up to an overall goal. So if you want to ultimately lose 30 pounds, aim for goals that work up to that. Think swapping one favorite unhealthy snack with a healthy one. You can even use this when working out. Instead of thinking that you have to run 3 miles, think about running to the next stop sign and then the next tree. You’ll run those 3 miles in no time. The biggest mistake you can make is setting goals that are too lofty because you’re likely to get discouraged and give up.
- Ignite your core, no matter what your health goals are. Core workouts are essential for optimal health and fitness. Olympians recommend planks, oblique twists, crunches and leg lifts.
- Eat clean! Take it from Olympians that you need to eat a clean diet. Simple is best! Eat lean proteins, whole grains, plenty of vegetables and fruits. Find some clean meals that you love and that are easy to prepare and repeat frequently. Your body and mind will thank you.
- The weight room isn’t just for the boys. Olympians know the importance of weight lifting to gain healthy muscle and tone your body. Start with small weights and simple exercises and work up from there. Ask a personal trainer for help when you get started so that you know the proper form and don’t hurt yourself. You can also ask for certain moves to work on your trouble areas. They promise you won’t bulk out unless you really want to!
- Gain mental resilience. Try journaling to work through any self-esteem issues and help you believe in yourself. You need mental resilience when you try any new type of diet or exercise! Remember, if at first you don’t succeed, try again. Read Olympian’s stories for inspiration.
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