The Olympics are such an amazing event. It is a rare occasion that so many countries come together for a common purpose. I cannot help but feel a little jealousy over the washboard abs most of the participating athletes are showing off, so I started researching what kind of training it takes to become an Olympic Athlete.
A lot of the athletes train for 4 – 6 hours every day and only take one day off during the week. Training begins with conditioning, stretching, and strength training. Then the focus moves to the specific techniques of the event. To build endurance, they run.
Eating is all about nutrition. To achieve high levels of optimal performance, you must eat well. There is little room for junk food. This means eating complex carbohydrates and lean protein every 3 – 4 hours and consuming half your body weight in water when exercising. Cookies, cake, soda, chips, and ice cream will not fuel your body efficiently. They may be an occasional treat, they are not an everyday occurrence.
Last but not least, to recover properly, Olympic athletes must get 8 – 10 hours of quality sleep each night. I honestly didn’t think any one under the age of 14 slept anymore.
After careful consideration, I don’t think the effort and dedication these men and women must exert fits into my lifestyle. Nutritionally speaking, I probably eat too many carbs. I’m lucky if I find time for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 to 4 days a week, and as for sleep, I often only get about 6 hours. This probably won’t ever give me awesome abs, but it will have to do for now.