Lessons We Learn from Olympians

Editor’s note: The original version of this article appeared on the blog on July 17, 2012. 

Every four years many of us spend hours upon hours glued to our TVs watching the Olympic Games. We watch the world’s best athletes compete on the slopes and in the ice rink, cheering on our favorites to what we hope are victories.

While becoming an Olympic athlete requires a certain amount of winning the genetic jackpot, these competitors also possess a great sense of determination and commitment – two qualities that allow them to excel in their chosen sport. 

In light of this winter’s games in Sochi, let’s discuss the ways Olympians can inspire our own fitness goals.

Lesson #1: Put in the Time
It’s not uncommon for athletes to train four to eight years prior to making an Olympic team. Success and results are not achieved overnight. Many athletes juggle long training hours with personal lives and work just like you and me. If they can find time to stick to a routine, so can we.

Lesson #2: Set Achievable Goals
Goals, both long- and short-term, are important. While making it to the Olympic Games is the long-term goal, athletes set short-term goals to measure their progress. Training takes a lot of work and persistence, but setting achievement milestones makes reaching long-term goals more doable.

Lesson #3: Take Care of your Body
Olympians take care of their overall health in order to see and achieve results. This means they get plenty of sleep (8-10 hours a night) and keep a team of health experts, including a nutritionist, on hand. We may not all have our own personal health gurus, but we can make sure we eat right and get enough rest. 

As we tune into the Winter games (starting February 7), let’s take some inspiration from the athletes and renew our commitment and dedication to our fitness goals. We can learn a lot from these athletes and it is easy enough to adapt their methods to our own training. We may not land a spot on an Olympic team, but we can be proud to train like an Olympian.  

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