Who better to get us all motivated than Tom Daley, Rebecca Adlington and the rest of Team GB? Here are their tips for getting in shape...
Who better to get us all motivated than Tom Daley, Jess Ennis and the rest of Team GB? Here are their tips for getting in shape…
Exercising with friends helps
Rebecca Adlington has got her friends to thank for that shiny, new bronze medal. ‘I train with a squad of twenty people’, she says. ‘We’re all friends and we push each other. My advice is to go swimming with a friend regularly – having someone to swim with will encourage you to swim on days when you’re lacking motivation.’
Get in shape like Rebecca…Make exercising less of a chore by getting in to the habit of doing a little every day.
Gold medalist Mo Farah
might have been carrying Britain’s hopes on his shoulders this weekend,
but he stayed calm. ‘I wouldn’t say there’s any extra pressure’, he
said before the Olympics began. ‘Except for the pressure you put on
yourself. You’ve just got to be strong and do everything that you can.’
Get in shape like Mo…A positive attitude will really help. Stop worrying about the little things and just get out there!
Rider Zara Phillips might have the royal family cheering her on, but she doesn’t take winning for granted. ‘It has always been a massive dream to win gold like this’, she said after taking first place a few years ago.
Even gold medal winning cyclists feel a bit self-conscious, now and again. ‘Comfort is a priority when training. If you’re not comfortable, you will be distracted and won’t produce a good ride’, Bradley Wiggins said recently. ‘Well-fitted clothes are a must’.
Workout like Bradley…Look for sports clothes that you feel comfy in. A good sports bra is important too – you can really damage your boobs if you workout without the right support.
Eat the right things
Young diver Tom Daley follows a tough training regime, exercising for at least five hours every day. Before he heads off to morning training, Tom eats a small bowl of bran flakes for breakfast. Cereal is packed with iron and fibre – without it he wouldn’t have the energy to maintain that amazing six pack!
Workout like Tom…Always have a healthy breakfast. Watch out for the hidden sugar in cereals though, check our best and worst cereals guide for the worst offenders.
If you find a sport you like, working out will soon become a hobby. Long-distance runner Paula Radcliffe uses her training sessions as a little bit of me-time. ‘Running is not only great exercise but its your own personal time. There are no distractions or interruptions whilst you run’, she says.
Get in shape like Paula…If you have a young family, it can be hard to take a break. Try these exercises that you can do without leaving the house.
Mix it up!
Heptathlon gold medal winner, Jessica Ennis never gets bored of her training regime because her coach, Toni Minichiello doesn’t give her any time to. He combines lots of different types of workout to keep Jessica on her toes.
Get in shape like Jessica…Try something new. If you’re already going to Zumba, look for a toning class like legs, bums and tums. Or borrow a new fitness DVD from the library – it’s free!
Hard work pays off
We love watching medal-winning gymnast Beth Tweddle but she makes it look very easy! ‘It is hard’, Beth said in a recent interview. ‘It’s about thirty hours a week training…but when you’re stood on that medal rostrum and you can hear the anthem, and you’ve achieved your goal, then you don’t remember the hard times, only the good times.’
Get in shape like Beth…Make a playlist of your favourite upbeat songs for your iPod to keep you going when you feel like giving up.
Don’t give up
Gold medal winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton
might be retiring after London 2012, but that doesn’t mean that she’ll
sit at home with her feet up. ‘You always look towards your next goal’,
she says. There’s already talk of Vic strutting her stuff on this year’s
Strictly Come Dancing…
Get in shape like Victoria…That gold
medal didn’t come easily. Victoria trains at 6am every morning. Try
exercising before lunch, you’re more likely to stick with it.
Believe in yourself
Team GB’s male gymnasts picked up a bronze medal this week. Louis Smith reckons he did so well by staying positive. ‘You have to approach the challenges you set yourself with a positive attitude and a belief in your own abilities otherwise it makes it difficult to achieve your goals’, he says. ‘I believe in my abilities, that’s what has got me to where I am today.’
Workout like Louis…Be kind to yourself. Changes to your body or fitness won’t happen overnight, but by taking small steps (like going for a jog) you’re on the path to a new you.