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Healthy Inspiration

Healthy Inspiration of the 2012 London Olympics

Dr Bret WilsonThe 2012 Olympics concluded Sunday, after almost 3 weeks of sport, competition and athleticism.  It is a time for inspiration, whether to pursue your own gold medal, try a new sport, or perhaps simply get up off the couch and become a healthier you. One has to admire the dedication and diligence of the athletes that must train and prepare for four years to have the opportunity to perform at the Olympics and win a medal.  Here are a few lessons that we can all learn from the Olympians.

Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympian winning 22 medals, including 18 gold,  over 3 Olympics.  Phelps admitted to not being as diligent about his training for the 2012 games, as he had been for the last two.  His coach, Bob Bowman, was asked how he was able to motivate his swimmer back to train when Phelps was more inclined to go AWOL.  Coach Bowman said he simply reminded Michael of the goals he had set for himself, and that returned his focus.  Setting goals for your own fitness can help keep you on track.  Start where you are and make a plan to move forward.  Keep track of your progress, and set new benchmarks as appropriate.  The importance is to be persistent, taking incremental manageable steps.  Consistency over time gets results.

The goal should be fitness.  A University of California researcher calculated that the average American walks only 350 yards per day!  That is less than 10% of the historical average.  Humans were designed for movement.  Increase the amount of walking you incorporate in your daily activity.  Better health will result.

Choose an activity that matches your body type.  Fitness comes in all shapes and sizes.  This point is brought into focus in a book by photographers Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein titled “The Athlete”.  It features the pictures of Olympians from the variety of sport and the diversity of the athletic body.  One size does not fit all.

Diet plays an important part of the athlete’s preparation and a vital role in your health.  Olympians eat meals that emphasize lean protein, vegetables, fruits, and complex carbohydrates.  Foods should be nutrient dense, reducing empty calories high in sugar.  Eat smaller more frequent meals.  Eat like a champion.

Usain Bolt defended his title as “fastest man on earth” winning gold in the 100m and 200m for the second time.   A recent British survey indicated that almost 56% of the women and 31% of the men surveyed did not believe they could not run 100m without stopping.  If this would be your answer, then get started on your training by walking the 100m, parts of the distance and work up to the ability to run the distance.  In addition to getting you fit, this helps convince you mentally, that you can achieve these fitness goals.  To change your health and fitness, you must first change your mind.

The fastest man on earth has another arrow in his quiver of tools to train to be the best, chiropractic care.  Many Olympians count on chiropractic to keep their spine, joints and nervous system functioning at a high level.  Keeping the body tuned up with chiropractic care, allows for the highest function whether competing at a high level or being the best you can be at your daily activities.  Make chiropractic part of your health regiment.

Find your Olympic moment of inspiration.  Begin your drive for fitness and better health.

Yours in Health,

Dr. Bret Wilson

Links to learn more:

10 Olympic Tips http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/10-tips-for-an-olympic-body

100 meter survey http://www.slimmingworld.com/about-us/news.aspx#news-100-metres

Olympic Diet http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/olympics/Pages/Athletediet.aspx

Athletic Body Photographs http://ninamatsumoto.wordpress.com/2010/12/18/athletic-body-diversity-reference-for-artists/#

Chiropractic and Olympians http://lulahealth.com/news/chiropractic-at-the-2012-london-olympics