The 2012 London Olympics has proven to be quite exciting over these two weeks with many successes, shockers and "spoiler alerts" in the news.
If watching the Olympics has inspired you to start an exercise routine or break out of the rut you’ve been stuck in, then keep reading in the name of your health.
1. As the motto goes, you have to play to win.
The same goes for exercise, diet and a healthy body. Watching the Olympics reinforces the idea that you can’t do it "part-time" and expect amazing results.
If you are looking to lose weight, tone up, feel healthy, have more energy, then you have to give 100 percent. Telling yourself you will start tomorrow or making excuses to skip your work-out will not earn you the goal you are trying to achieve.
2. Already giving 100 percent but stuck in a rut? Trying switching it up.
Look to the Olympics for ideas on new routines. Start swimming laps or take a water aerobics class. Find an aerials class and let your workout soar.
Buy a mini-trampoline specific for exercise and start bouncing. Take up horse-back riding. Use your bike and hit the trails or find a park with ones that are paved.
3. Tune in to how our athletes eat.
Dana Vollmer went gluten-free because of chronic stomach issues and repeat injuries, and swam her way to a gold medal.
Ryan Lochte gave up his famed diet of "all McDonald’s all the time" and switched to higher protein, fiber, fruits and vegetables.
The United States gymnastics team also looks to higher protein in order to keep themselves lean and help with muscle repair.
Most all athletes talk about proper hydration when interviewed about their diet. Are you staying properly hydrated?
4. Seek out a coach or a motivator.
If you need accountability then hire someone to keep you accountable. Find a trainer and pay to see them at least once a week so that you have someone to check in with and report what you have been doing and how you have been eating.
Look to a buddy, neighbor or co-worker to meet with regularly and exercise. Plan walks at lunch.