A lifetime of training is paying off for Olympic athletes competing this week at the 2018 Winter Games. From beautiful artistry in figure skating to perfect aerials at the ski hill, Olympians follow a training regimen that is often their full time job. On today's To Your Health, Catherine Hansen tells us how we can take the Olympic mindset into our everyday workout.
And now, "To Your Health". Brought to you by Hart Drugs, Third Avenue Pharmacy and the Phoenix Pharmacy.
(Catherine Hansen - Reporter:)
It was twenty years ago, local athlete Tuppy Hoehn skied and shot for Canada in the biathlon. Years of training and hard work got her to the world stage, along with an Olympic mindset.
(Tuppy Hoehn - Olympic Biathlete:)
"I think what Olympians take to their training every day is a sense of focus. So coming out there with a purpose, with a goal, and really making the most of their time. And as an everyday athlete, I think that's something that really applies well to people who are so busy and they just have an hour to do whatever they want to do."
While everyday people don't typically have hours to train, getting the most out of your workout involves not only the body, but the mind.
"If you're there for the physical benefits, then you really need to be working on either parts of your technique, parts of your mental game. Those little things that you can spend a little bit of time on during your workout, that can make a big difference as far as performance goes."
One mindset that Hoehn has carried over into her life over the past two decades is discipline, a skill that keeps her on the skis today.
"You plan to go for a run the next morning and you wake up at six o'clock, when your alarm goes off, and you think "aww, I don't know if I really want to go". Just not even having that conversation with yourself, just accepting that commitment and just getting up and doing it. And I think having done that so many years as an athlete and being able to carry that through into my life as a normal person with a job and kids and and all sorts of other things, it goes a long way."
And though your goal may not be to compete in the Olympics or hit the podium, simply setting a goal can go a long way to helping you stay motivated and on track. To your health, Catherine Hansen, CKPG News.
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