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5 tips to unleash your inner athlete

Published February 14, 2018

With Silverthorne’s own Red Gerard winning the first Olympic gold in Pyeongchang, we’re betting most of Summit County is feeling pretty inspired. So we sat down with Renee Rogers, fitness and wellness guru at the Silverthorne Rec Center, to pick her brain on how to channel all of this athletic inspiration. Below are her tips and tricks on how to up your fitness game.

1. Put a purpose behind each workout, move and minute. Come in with a plan to change up your workout and try something new. If you have been lifting the same weights for years, try to do a few repetitions with heavier weights and challenge yourself. Olympic athletes have to push the envelope and work hard to accomplish their goals, why not try that strategy with your own program. You might not be going to Pyeongchang, South Korea, but you can work a little harder.

2. Ask any Olympian and they’ll agree that what you put in your body for fuel will make a difference. Eating a well-balanced diet and staying hydrated is crucial to ongoing success.

3. Train 1.5 times harder during practice so your body is ready and feels well-prepared on race day. If you ski a 5k race, train skiing a 7.5k. If you run a 10-minute mile and want to become faster you can start adding 20 second sprints at a faster pace. This works the aerobic and anaerobic energy system in the body and creates lasting results. After this is accomplished, go longer at an almost sprint pace until you can maintain a faster pace for about one minute. Over time, you will be able to run faster and break the 10-minute mile.

4. If you are new to exercise, commit to a program of 15 minutes a day. Once you start the 15 minutes a day, try to extend longer for two or three days a week. If you love your cardio, try sprinting for 10 seconds every 30 seconds for two minutes to challenge yourself.

5. Reward yourself like an Olympian with time spent stretching, foam rolling and even getting a massage. Add some quick stretches and moves throughout the day to keep you energized, refreshed and within reach of your personal GOLD!

For more information on the Silverthorne Recreation Center, visit www.silverthorne.org.

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