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Fit Like an Olympian

With the winter Olympics in full swing, athletes from across the world show their skills after months of preparation                                                 and training.

Two-time Olympic snowboarder Elena Hight is no stranger to the preparation it takes to compete in the Olympic games.

Hight has some tips to help you get on the right track:

1. Meditate daily

Doing this for at least 10 minutes will help you stay calm and focused. Hight meditates every morning and evening, she said it is the next step to yoga.

Hight uses these exercises for her mind and body. She told the Los Angeles Times they help her to be centered and calm by maintaining a clear mind.

2. Practice yoga

Yoga has similar benefits to meditation. According to American Osteopathic Association, these benefits include:

  • Increased flexibility.
  • Increased muscle strength and tone.
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality.
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Cardio and circulatory health.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Protection from injury.

“Meditation and yoga helps relax your mind and muscles,” Harper said. “It also helps stretch your muscles.”

3. Get outside

Going outside is healthy and can make fitness more enjoyable and fun.

“You can always go running or even rock climb,” said Ryan Harper, a senior studying exercise physiology.

BYU-I has indoor facilities for the cold wintertime. There is an indoor track, indoor basketball, dodgeball, wallyball and volleyball courts.

4. Eat fresh and healthy produce

Cook with organic foods. Use fresh produce, organic meat and eggs.

According to Delish, Olympians recommend eating oatmeal with fruit for breakfast, avocado toast and an egg or a salad for lunch and salmon or tacos with vegetables for dinner. Greek yogurt, fruits, vegetables or rice serve as healthy snack options.

Consuming a healthy diet is vital, too. Harvard Medical School created Healthy Eating Plate, an evidence-based visual guide to eating a healthy meal.

https://d2ebzu6go672f3.cloudfront.net/media/content/images/HealthyPlate_FINALVERSION12_20(6).jpg This is the Healthy Eating Plate module

Hight said she recommends eating a variety of vegetables, colorful fruits, whole grains, healthy proteins, healthy oils and water.

5. Soak in Epsom salt

This can help relax sore muscles and rejuvenate you. Hight said to add two or three cups of Epsom salt to a bath and soak for 15 to 25 minutes.

Hight said a lot of people are overwhelmed by healthy living because they don’t know where to start but simplifying their lifestyle can help.

Regular exercise is not only good for your body physically, but it is also good for your brain, according to Harvard Medical School.

Exercise has the ability to reduce insulin resistance and inflammation while stimulating the release of growth factors, improve mood and sleep, reduce stress and anxiety and improve memory, according to a study done by Harvard Medical School.



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