Muscled and shapely legs, back, abs, and arms…there are very few of us who don’t appreciate and/or envy the sculpted beauty of an Olympic body.
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Most fitness experts agree that most people have the potential to achieve an Olympic-worthy physique…if they’re willing to do what it takes to be healthy.
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1. Learn how YOU need to train.
Everyone has a unique body composition: Some of us are built for speed, some for endurance. Figuring out what feels natural and what you’re best at will help you determine which type of exercise will work for you and feel better to you. Choose one or two activities that feel natural and that you enjoy. You’ll be much more likely to stick with it and see success.
2. Figure out what you want your body to look like.
• Do you want to slim down? Focus on nutrition and a routine of steady cardiovascular endurance exercise, with short bursts of speed called interval training.
• Do you want to build up your cardiovascular endurance? Try swimming, running, or cycling.
• If it’s speed you’re after, try adding sprints to your routine.
• If you only have a short time to work out, try circuit training, which consists of a series of resistance training exercises performed one after the other, with minimal rest.
3. Adopt healthier eating habits.
Every Olympic athlete will agree that diet should be the first focus for anyone hoping to improve physical well-being. Most agree that food counts for 80% of how fit your body is.
Experts all agree that nutrition is key in anybody’s life, from professional athletes to office workers. Both experts and Olympians say that instead of focusing on calories, people should eat more foods such as fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and slow carbohydrates like brown rice and sweet potatoes are vital – as well as controlling the sugar content of the foods you eat.
4. Multiple times a day, eat a combination of protein and carbohydrates.
Your body needs a steady supply of fuel if it’s going to function at maximum efficiency. Eating frequently also increases your body’s metabolism, which means it will burn more calories.
Olympic athletes eat five to six meals a day, with protein at each, to increase lean muscle mass and maintain maximum efficiency. So plan to eat smaller meals, ideally two and one-half to three hours between each.