Obviously we know that you don’t have the training schedule (or dedicated time in the day) as an Olympic athlete, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t pick up some tips and tricks to create a super healthy exercise regime! An Olympic exercise regime contains more than just a lot of training; the mind, appetite and sleeping hours all need to come into the regime to ensure a strong and powerful athlete.
Did you know that Pilates are beneficial for Olympic swimmers? It helps with strength and stroke efficiency, but also with smaller things that you might not think important for a swimmer- such as posture. Pilates helps stretch the back muscles and improves posture, which is essential for an Olympic swimmer, as they need to have the same posture in the pool as they would on land.
This doesn’t just mean that you need to eat healthily, but that you need to see food as a fuel for your training. On heavy training days, you’re going to need more fuel, to give you the power and strength you need to continue. Upping your carb intake is a must, foods such as falafel, beans and pasta are great for these heavy days. Eating right is one of the best ways to ensure that you will be able to get fit at home.
The heavy training that Olympic athletes undertake increases the risk of injury. One of the best ways to avoid an injury during heavy training sessions is to know when to rest. Your night’s sleep needs to be up to 10 hours a night, as well as resting in the afternoon, or after your training. Workouts like yoga are great ways to exercise and relax you.
Set Small Goals
Olympic athletes often struggle with mental hurdles, and have a whole team of dedicated sports psychologists, trainers and managers there to help them cope with their struggles. Obviously this is something that not everyone can have, so the important thing to remember is this: set small goals as you go along, never be deterred by a bad training session, celebrate your accomplishments, and don’t compare yourself to anyone else.
Trying these tips, you never know that you could be the next Mo Farrah, Jessica Ennis or Serena Williams, all we ask is you remember to thank CS Healthcare in your Olympic interviews!
The information in these pages is intended as general advice only. If you or your family members require medical advice or have any medical concerns, please contact your GP.