If anyone knows a thing or two about staying fit and healthy, it’s Olympic athletes. Their valuable experience and wisdom can help us in finding the best route for our own success.
Here are some simple, easy-to-follow tips and advice from Olympic athletes:
Lindsey Jacobellis, American snowboarder who won the silver medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics: Mix it up. Don’t stick to just one type of exercise.
Julia Mancuso, American alpine skier with three Olympic medals: Squats on a Bosu ball are great for strengthening glutes and hamstrings.
J.R. Celski, American speed skater and three-time medalist: Her post-workout protein shake contains barley grass, spinach, and peas.
Lisa Leslie, former American basketball player and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner: To build confidence, recognize your assets and focus on them.
Lindsay Davenport, former American tennis player who won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics: Visualization is a powerful technique that you can use to keep calm and enhance the belief that you can accomplish what you’ve set out to do.
Andrea Duke, 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier: Learn to listen to your body. It often tells you what it needs. Sometimes it needs to be pushed and sometimes it just needs some rest.
Katie Uhlaender, two-time skeleton Olympian: Quality is more important than quantity. Doing fewer reps but doing them correctly is better than multiple reps.
Nancy Kerrigan, a former professional figure skater and two-time Olympic medalist: A workout buddy may be key for those who need the extra motivation.