The 2014 winter Olympics are in full swing in Sochi, Russia, and spectators all over the world are tuning in to cheer for the athletes representing their home countries. From speed skating to bobsledding to downhill skiing and many more, there is no denying that these competitors are the best in the world. They train year-round to qualify for the Games, sticking to a strict exercise and diet regiment.
The determination of these athletes is admirable, and the health fitness specialist students at Globe University are taught that living a healthy lifestyle similar to that of an Olympian is not as hard as it seems. Check out these tips from Reid Perry, health fitness specialist program chair at the Globe University-Woodbury campus, and you’ll feel like you’re going for the gold in no time!
Use food as fuel: Olympians need to consume a ton of calories to keep up with their rigorous workouts, and although you don’t need as many, you still need a mixture of all food groups to make sure you are getting a balanced diet. “Your meals should consist of a combination of lean proteins, complex carbohydrates and a variety of vegetables,” recommends Perry.
Stay active: Olympians are required to attend daily workouts with their trainers and coaches, even when they don’t feel like it. Try to set aside specific time to go to the gym, but when you can’t do that, Perry says even the little things can add up. “Walk more, park your car further away or take the stairs,” he says.
Don’t forget to stretch: Perry, who is currently working with a 2016 summer Olympic hopeful, stresses the importance of stretching along with your workouts. “Ki-Hara is a new innovation of stretching used by Olympians,” he says. “Incorporate these resistance stretching and dynamic techniques to increase joint range of motion and assist in recovery.”
Get enough sleep: Sleep is essential to rejuvenate your body, whether competing in the Olympics or just going to school. Olympians sleep for about ten hours each night to allow time for their muscles to recover, but Perry suggests you aim for at least seven.
Focus on your goals: Winning an Olympic medal is not a realistic goal for most, but Perry says that you can still set smaller, more achievable goals for yourself. Maybe it’s running a 5K or fitting into that old pair of skinny jeans. Whatever you want to accomplish, set your mind to it and work to get there!