For the next few weeks, all eyes will be on PyeongChang, South Korea (or rather, on our TV screens) as athletes from around the world compete in the winter Olympic games. Millions watch the games every time they roll around and marvel at the athletic ability of Olympians from around the world. We may not get our Olympic moment, but you can follow the training advice of Olympians at home – here are a few ways you can strive for the top in your fitness routine.
Diet and Hydration
Eating well and staying hydrated are essential to any fitness routine. While you likely don’t need nourishment at the same level as an Olympian (who may start their day with a breakfast of complex carbohydrates and lean protein, then eat again every 3-4 hours and within 90 minutes of working out) your fitness routine will do more harm than good if you’re not eating well. To combat the monotony that can come with eating healthy, Olympic hockey player Kate Richardson-Walsh recommends branching out and trying new recipes. “Try to make your food varied or it gets too boring and you lose motivation.”
Get Plenty of Rest
Your body needs a break from time to time. Getting eight hours of sleep each night helps with this, but try to increase the quality of your sleep, too – go to bed before 11 p.m. and don’t use a computer or TV within 30 minutes of sleeping.
Taking days off from working out is beneficial, too. Olympic cyclist Kristin Armstrong trains in 10-day spurts and then takes a day off to rest, though she considers her easier days to be breaks, too. “They’re not necessarily a day off, but mentally it’s a day off.”
Stick With It
Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson started taking gymnastics lessons when she was 3 years old, and ultimately ended up competing in the 2008 summer games when she was 14. The results you want to see won’t happen overnight – it’ll take time and dedication. Find a routine you can stick with and have patience.
So as you enjoy watching the Olympians accomplish their goals, make some of your own. Let the Olympics motivate you to get moving!