Tips from Olympians for a Better and Healthier Lifestyle

July 20, 2012 Comments Off

The summer heat has brought Olympic fever with it. With Fourth of July around the corner, you will see everything red, white and blue in display. In fact, as soon the Olympic trials end, we will be celebrating Fourth of July then. No wonder everybody is feeling extra patriotic these days.

The Olympics inspire individuals to dream big and great. Olympians don’t have an easy life because have to adopt a tough and strict lifestyle in order to qualify for great games like Olympic.  This strict lifestyle pushes individuals to bring gold medals to their home countries. You don’t need to adopt their lifestyles, but by adopting a simple yet healthier lifestyle you can make a big difference in your life. Here is what you need to do:

  • Be active and dedicated - Athletes don’t win gold medals because they watch their favorite TV show or skip workouts. They win gold medals because they have made many sacrifices. If you want to be healthy then you need to exercise regularly, eat healthy and take care of your body.
  • Snack the right amount of food at the right time – According to Olympic dietitians, by consuming the right balance of carbohydrate and protein, your body will always have the right amount of energy to get you through the day. Also, it is ok to snack on healthy foods after and before your workout.
  • Eat fruit and vegetable from your own garden – The fruit and vegetable that you grow in your garden can’t be compared to the ones bought from the store. Olympic Swimmer Natalie Coughlin sticks to a clean and green diet. Start growing your own tomatoes, peppers and strawberries. Gardening is not that difficult!
  • Your body gives you the right hint – According to Coughlin, she has never kept track of her calorie intake. Instead, she listens to her body and eats accordingly. She trains hard and makes sure that whatever she is eating is healthy.
  • Strength training is important – Cardio exercise holds great benefits for your body but so does strength training. Both exercises strengthen your body for the better.
  •  Don’t deprive yourself – Exercising and eating healthy food doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy fattening food once in a while. It is okay if you indulge in a Big Mac Meal or if you eat your favorite slice of chocolate cake. Just make sure that you don’t over do it.
  • Try something different! – Olympians are not afraid to try new things while exercising. Take for example the Olympic swimmer Janet Evans, who uses a flex belt to tone her obliques. She depends on it to tone her core muscles. Similarly, you can try different things and ideas to exercise.

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