9 Health Habits of the Olympians
While we can’t all be world-class athletes, we can certainly follow their example when it comes to health. Here are some of their healthy habits that we can all practice!
1. Set goals and strive to reach them.
This will seem like such a simple idea, but we often don’t take time to decided what we want— and you can’t get anything you’re not reaching for. Whether it’s winning a gold medal or simply enjoying a healthier diet, committing to your goal is the first step in achieving it.
2. Eat breakfast.
Wake up your metabolism every morning with a healthy, protein-rich breakfast to help keep it running all day. This improves your energy, helps keep your mind focused, and improves your daily sense of well-being.
3. Stretch regularly.
Flexibility is an important facet of a healthy body. Stretching keeps the body limber, improves circulation, and even strengthens muscles, bones, and joints. Yoga is a great way to stretch your body, as well as relaxing your mind and centering your thoughts.
4. No eating on the go.
Many of the Olympians are worried about finishing fast— skiing, running, swimming. However, one of their healthy habits is to slow down while eating. Sitting down to a meal, instead of eating in a hurry, helps improve digestion and allows you to feel full before you accidentally overeat.
5. Fill up on the good stuff.
Protein is essential for the body to perform. This doesn’t just mean athletic activities. Protein impacts your metabolic processes and gives you energy throughout the day. Fruits and vegetables need to be part of your daily routine too. Packed with natural vitamins and minerals, fresh produce is an immediate source for your body’s needs.
6. Get an array of nutrients.
Variety is the spice of life, and it’s also an important characteristic for a healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables each have a special nutritional offering— for instance spinach is high in iron, strawberries are high in vitamin C, and blueberries are high in antioxidants— so the bigger range you eat, the more vitamins and minerals you are getting. Another good way to ensure you’re covering all your nutritional bases is by taking a multivitamin.
7. Get plenty of rest.
Sleep lets your body recover from the day’s physical and mental challenges. Your circadian rhythm regulates all the processes of the body from digestion to cell renewal, so giving your body adequate time to accomplish this is important to your overall health.
8. Ditch the sodas.
These high sugar and artificial ingredient drinks will slow your body down while taking a toll on your overall health! The caffeine is also counterproductive since that immediate boost is short-lived, and the crash that follows is inevitable. If you need an energy boost, have a snack full of protein or a fruit with natural sugars like an apple.
9. Lean on your team.
Even when competing in individual events, Olympians know that having a team around is vital. A support system helps you stay connected with yourself and what your goals are. Team support is also ideal for overcoming obstacles. Reach out to someone you are close to— a training partner, friend, or family member— to re-channel yourself and tune into your goals.