Wow. All I can say is “wow.”
Okay, I can say more! Going to the Olympics and seeing athletes perform in person was absolutely spectacular. The physical fitness of the athletes was amazing and the vibe in the stadium was so positive and supportive. People were cheering for their home countries of course, but there was also a huge amount of support and awe for the abilities of all athletes, regardless of nationality.
Having the opportunity to see professional athletes performing at their peak was inspiring, and it made me think about how we can all apply lessons to our training.
A list of fitness tips inspired by Olympic athletes
Foster outside support
The athletes had a team of coaches and support colleagues around them throughout the event. They all contributed in their own way to the athletes’ success. The host in the venue also interviewed some of the athletes’ friends and family before the event started. They were talking about how proud they were of the competitors and how hard they had worked to get where they are.
Apply this to your routine: Whether you’re an Olympic athlete or you’re looking to achieve a more modest health and fitness goal, external support will help you to stick to your training. After deciding what you want to achieve, why not tell people about it? Telling someone you care about, (or even a total stranger) will help you to stick to your goals. Telling loved ones how important your goals are will also give them the opportunity to practically support you. Or why not get someone else involved? Having a workout buddy can keep you going to your practice regularly, and is also proven to keep you working harder during workout sessions!
Stay focused throughout your session
The athletes’ concentration was unwavering throughout the duration of the event, from warm-up practice to execution of their final dive.
Apply this to your routine: If you’re taking the time out of your day to exercise, make it count. Instead of concentrating on the tv in the cardio lounge and letting the session pass you by, really engage with your exercise so that you work hard and reap the benefits accordingly.
Always include a proper warm-up
We arrived early enough to see the athletes warming up and they did exactly what we should all do: start slowly and gradually build up to the main event while doing actions similar to your exercise. Check out my posts on warm up and cool down stretch routines.
Apply this to your routine: An appropriate warm-up is integral to a strong perforce: a good warm-up protects you from injury and prepares you for your main session- whether it’s an Olympic event or your Wednesday morning run!
The athletes were so passionate about their diving, and despite the incredible hard work they were putting into their routines, they really did look like they were enjoying themselves- especially when they were confident that they had performed well.
Apply this to your routine: Whether it’s achieving a new personal best or feeling like you’re really pushed yourself through a workout, be sure to congratulate yourself and feel proud of your achievements. At the end of the day, if you don’t find some enjoyment in your training, you’ll just resent it and soon find ways to avoid your sessions!