February 23, 2018

Fitness Friday

Insider tips to help you train like an Olympian

Ashley Welch – CBS News

(below is an excerpt – for the full story by Ashley Welch, click here)

While most of us are never going to compete in the Olympics, experts say we can still benefit from incorporating some aspects of elite athletes’ training into our everyday workouts.

Set goals
Olympians train with a very specific goal in mind: to be the best in the world at their particular sport. Even if your exercise goals are far more modest, experts say it’s helpful to have a goal to work toward.

While Olympic-level athletes compete in specific events, their preparation often involves training across a variety of disciplines.

Practice good injury prevention
In addition to cross-training, there are other important steps you can take to prevent injuries. Staying hydrated is an important part of making sure you exercise safely. Flexibility is another key component to preventing injuries. Stretching and warming up before a workout can help improve flexibility and help you avoid getting hurt.

Pay attention to other lifestyle habits
When training for any kind of event – whether it’s elite or recreational – keep lifestyle factors such as diet and sleep in mind.

Challenge your body at the end of a workout
A common technique used in Olympic training is to shock, or challenge, the body at the end of a workout.

Harness mind over matter
So much of competitive sports involves mental conditioning.

Read the complete CBS News article here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/workout-tips-train-like-an-olympian/

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