How the Winter Olympics Have Us Inspired (Plus Some of Our Favorite Pre-Workout Recipes)
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This month, all eyes will be on Pyeongchang, South Korea as the 23rd Winter Olympic Games take place. Over the course of 16 days (February 9th-February 25th), 2,925 athletes from 92 countries will participate in 102 events across 15 sports. These amazing athletes inspire us in more ways than we acknowledge or even realize. After all, these individuals have devoted their entire lives to practicing and perfecting their craft. Now we may all not be Olympic athletes, but we can still make conscious decisions every day to help us reach our fullest potential. Here are five ways the athletes of the Winter Olympics are inspiring us this month.
#1 Set Goals
Whether you want to lose weight, build upper body strength or just be a healthier person overall, set goals. Set an overall goal then break your goal down into actionable steps that you can work on each and every day. For example, if you want to build upper body strength, start with doing 5 push ups a day. Even if you have to modify and use your knees, you are still building upper body strength. After a week or two, try doing traditional push ups, without the use of your knees, and see how many push ups you can complete. Even if you can only do five, that’s an improvement! As you build more muscle strength, add in more push ups and before you know it, you will be able to do a set of 10 consecutive push ups. Olympics here we come!
#2 Pick Something You Enjoy
Pick something you enjoy because if you enjoy it, you will most likely do it. For example, if you have a goal to participate in a running race this year, make sure you actually enjoy running! Don’t pick a goal to do something if you don’t really enjoy it. If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a hell no! If all of your friends are signing up for running races and you really enjoy running, go for it, but if running isn’t your thing and you prefer to cheer along the sidelines, that’s okay too. Instead of forcing yourself to train for an event you aren’t too thrilled about, pick something else you love. Maybe enroll in a yoga certification program, or combine your enjoyment of fun running with a low key 5K run/walk instead of a serious marathon.
#3 Rest Up
We are all about staying active, as are the Winter Olympians, but even the gold medal winners incorporate rest days. Rest days are just as important, if not more important than training days. Rest days allow your muscles to rebuild after the microtears that take place during strength training workouts. Plus, who doesn’t love a good rest day. Whether you have an active rest day with an outdoor walk at a leisurely place, or you participate in some light stretching first thing in the morning followed by some mindful meditation, make it a point to schedule in rest days just as much as you schedule in your weekly workouts.
#4 Eat Healthy
We have all heard the phrase “abs are made in the kitchen," and it’s important to fuel your body with the best foods. When you’re grocery shopping, stick to the outer perimeter of the store since that is where all of the fresh foods are located. If possible, pop over to a local farmer’s market and pick up fresh produce from local growers. Purchase free range, grass-fed and wild caught meat sources whenever possible, and don’t forget to pick up a bag or two of your favorite Within Without granola from your local grocer. Check out some of our favorite pre-workout snacks that are packed with energy for your next workout: Pecan Pie Fat Bombs or these tasty Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs.
#5 Celebrate Successes
We may not all receive a gold medal when we lose that last five pounds or complete 10 consecutive push ups, but that doesn't mean you can’t celebrate another way. Take the time to celebrate your wins whether it’s with your favorite latte or a new workout top, celebrating the small moments are just as important as celebrating the big victories.
Go for Gold
The only difference between us and Olympians is they choose to wake up each and every day and make a commitment to themselves, their goals and follow their dreams. They choose to go within and live authentically in order to pursue their life’s purpose, and although there were undoubtedly struggles along the way, they persevered by taking it one day at a time. Let’s use the athleticism shown by the Winter Olympians to motivate us and remind us that anything is possible if you just dare to dream!
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