Olympic Lifestyles Are Good For Everyone
Every two years we get to enjoy the fun and spectacle of the Olympics Games. With the summer and winter Olympics staggered we are able to admire the athleticism and discipline of these young people on a bi-annual basis and use this admiration to inspire ourselves in any number of ways.
Sadly, much like our annual New Year's resolutions, these promises to ourselves tend slip by the wayside as we deal with the overwhelming issues that all too often invade our everyday lives.
With that said, the Olympics from London are now in full swing and we can again marvel at the skill of the athletes. At the same time, we need to remember the incredible dedication each of these athletes had to have in order to achieve this pinnacle of the sporting world.
The physical and mental discipline it took to spend countless hours in the pool or in the gym speak to that dedication. The development of proper nutrition eating habits that it takes to fuel their bodies to accomplish the training necessary cannot be overlooked. And, these young people were able to resist the inevitable peer pressure to use and possibly abuse tobacco and alcohol products.
There is no doubt that these are extraordinary individuals. Yet, as anyone who has dealt with these young people will tell you, they are in many ways typical teenagers and young adults. They come to the gym, the track or the pool with many of the same issues and angsts that affect everyone in that age group.
While most of us may never have the opportunity to meet or work with Olympians on a daily basis, we can acknowledge and appreciate their talents and dedication. And, in an every day sense, we can challenge ourselves, families and social circles to strive to improve with the same disciplines as these athletes.
We can eat right and control our weight. We can stay away from tobacco and encourage everyone else to do the same. We can exercise or maintain a level of physical activity that keeps each of us healthy and minimizes our risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other lifestyle limiting issues.
You don't have to be an Olympian to have the healthy habits of an Olympian. Enjoy the games, cheer for your favorites and resolve to live a healthy lifestyle.
Learn more when you visit these websites.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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