Has the Olympic spirit inspired you to focus on your own fitness, or have you found yourself glued to the TV so you won’t miss a moment of the action? We’ll admit it: Our daily dose of couch indulgence went up significantly last week. But the incredible feats of the world’s greatest athletes also have us eager to test our own abilities.
One of our Twitter followers put it this way:
Great point, @ChrisMGregory! And here’s what we’re thinking: We can’t all be Olympians, but let’s ride the Olympic vibe to stay active. Instead of neglecting a workout, take it to a new level with these Olympics-inspired ideas:
Pick your Event
Imagine you’ve just won gold. What sport was it for? Maybe you’ve always wanted to ace a tennis opponent, but have never picked up a racquet. Adding a new sport to your fitness regimen could be a fun way to take a break from the gym while crossing something off your life to-do list. To jumpstart your lessons, a few of our favorite Olympians are offering tutorial videos. Even if you’d prefer to stick with an existing passion, choose an area of focus. If you’re a swimmer, define a stroke or a distance you’d like to improve, and you’ll feel great when you see your results.
Join a Team
Even if your team name isn’t the same as your country, it’s still an excellent source for motivation. Teammates are not only an automatic support system, but friendly competition. Last week, we witnessed one of the most intense Olympic rivalries, “Phelpte”. Teammates Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte fiercely challenge each other, but leave room for congratulatory high-fives. Training for your next 10K with a group could help shave a couple minutes off your time and expand your social network. You may even find the Blake to your Bolt!
So maybe you can’t represent your country in London, but you can proudly represent a cause you care about. Choose a walk or race that donates profits to a charity, and sign up with a group of friends. Fitness magazine compiled a great list of causes and corresponding events, so take a look! (And, if you choose to participate in an Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, runtastic has a customized pedometer app to help you train.)
Leave the world records to the Olympians, and work towards a personal best. All you’ll need to borrow from the athletes in London is a dose of determination. Set challenging yet realistic fitness goals so you can surpass them. If you want to improve overall upper-body strength, separating your goals into measurable categories (such as number of consecutive push-ups and pull-ups) will help keep you on track and let you easily quantify improvement. Or head to the track to see how your 100 meter dash time compares to those of the pros, and strive to get faster over the next month. Once you break a personal record, set the bar even higher!
What have you learned from the Olympians? Tell us about your favorite Olympic moments and how they’re inspiring your fitness goals.