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5 Ways the Winter Olympics can Inspire Your Fitness Program

Author: Cara Walsh

February 19, 2014

5 Ways the Winter Olympics can Inspire Your Fitness Program

Author: Cara Walsh

February 19, 2014

The pomp, spectacle and celebration of the Winter Olympics is upon us.  Only occurring every four years, this ultimate tribute to athleticism inspires awe, patriotism and an understanding of our tied humanity.

Sochi, Russia is proud to be hosting the best athletes the world has to offer – all of whom have dedicated their lives to the pursuit of athletic perfection.

For most, the Olympic experience includes sitting in our homes, passively watching others perform inspiring feats of strength, skill and tireless dedication.  Empower yourself to break this unhealthy cycle, and use the emotion and passion of the Olympics to add some fire to your fitness program.

1. Get Up and Move – simple and to the point – getting up and moving around is the best thing you can do for your fitness plan.  Daily exercise is the key to achieving long term fitness goals.  Even if you simply throw in some weight training exercises while watching the Olympics, you are doing something great for your body.

Challenge yourself to do squats during the figure skating long program, do lunges during the luge event, jumping jacks during the mogul skiing competition.  Or consider signing up for one of Medifast California’s Healthy Strides Race Series!

2. Have Fun at Your Local Ice Rink – bring that Olympic enthusiasm with you and give some of the events a try.  Nothing will give you a greater appreciation for the skill of Olympic athletes than trying out their sport.  Visit your nearest ice rink, strap on some skates and give it a go.  Burn major calories while creating hilarious memories and having fun.  It’s almost like you’re not working out, but you will feel it the next day!

3. Skiing: The Perfect Fitness Holiday – let the Olympics inspire you to plan an active and healthy vacation.  Skiing is a fantastic workout, burning thousands of calories per day.  Accessible to beginners, but also challenging for experts, skiing is appropriate for small children to seniors.  Instead of planning your vacation around what food you will try and what pool you will lay by – plan an invigorating and extremely healthy holiday in the ski town of your choice.  Whether you ski your local mountains or plan a trip to stunning resorts like Vail, Park City, or Whistler – undoubtedly, you will leave with a greater respect for the stunning endeavors of the Olympians.

4. Add Olympic Training Components to Your Workout – being an Olympic athlete is a full time job, taking months and years of training and preparation.  This level of exercise is not realistic for most.  However, many athletes have shared their training schedules and preferred workout regimens.  Take some tips from your favorite athlete and add them into your fitness routine.

The new moves can help your feel just a little closer to the Olympic experience, while also giving you a great work out.

5. Social Media Inspiration – the endless reach of social media allows you to get closer than ever before.  With millions of Olympic-related tweets sent out before the Sochi games have even reached the end of week one – there is no denying the power of social media.

You can now gain inspiration directly from the athletes.  Many athletes have social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat.  Athletes are sharing their workouts, the process of getting to the Olympics, pictures of the Opening Ceremonies, real time reactions to results and more.  Jump online and catch the fire of inspiration from the athletes themselves.

The Winter Olympic Games honor the human spirit, drive, and desire to push ourselves even farther.  Let the Sochi games be the catalyst to your own efforts and accomplishments.

About the Author:

Cara Walsh
Counselor at The Carmel Mountain Ranch Medifast Weight Control Center

Cara Walsh is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Weight Control Counselor. Cara received her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science from San Diego State University and completed her dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian through the Utah State University. Cara is currently completing her Masters in Dietetic Administration through Utah State University. Cara has always had a passion for healthy eating and cooking. She loves to focus on how food can heal and provide nutrition-while tasting delicious. Cara thrives on helping others reach their full potential nutritionally. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to Pilates and running the boardwalk on the Pacific Ocean with her son and husband.

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