Olympics Means New Workout Goals!

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Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone

Molly Livingstone never did well at science, but that hasn’t stopped her from appreciating it. Here at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) she is able to witness first-hand, the innovative breakthroughs changing the face of medicine, on a daily basis. Living in Israel, Molly has the opportunity of visiting the IMRIC labs, talking with the students and faculty about their latest research, and getting to know the people behind these great minds.

London 2012 Olympics



With the Olympics in full gear it is hard not to get into it. But somehow watching the competition becomes more of a competitive sport between me and my workout goals than just rooting for the gold.

Watching these incredibly fit athletes makes me want to get into shape too.  I say this from the comfort of my couch as I throw the popcorn (fat free, I might add) in the air and cheer on these athletic gods.  But this year as  I watch the games I have decided to not envy the winners' body fat, and instead increase my own fitness goals.

We may not all be Olympic athletes but we can still challenge our bodies with new fitness goals everyday. Today I decided to end my usual run with a sprint. Sure it was hard, but I visualized the Olympic race I recently watched and said, me too. I can do this.

It is important to always remember that while the researchers are doing their best to find cures and heal the world one breakthrough at a time, that it is also our responsibility to keep in shape. We must try to be healthy. So whether that means a brisk morning walk, a local race or finally using the gym membership; get out there and be the Olympic Athlete that you can be.

Here are some great quotes from Olympic Athlete to get you going:

Quotes originally appear here.

"Not everybody wants to do as much training as an Olympian but EVERYONE is capable of getting fitter and achieving in sport!" says Debbie Flood.

Debbie is part of the Great Britain Olympic rowing team and won silver in the quadruple scull in the Beijing Olympics.

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Jessica Ennis, World heptathlon champion, is the poster-girl of the 2012 Olympics.

"To be truly fit, training has to be progressive," says Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello. "Doing the same training day in day will not make any progress towards your intended goal. Regular, yet different, training and exercise is important. Training and fitness has to become a habit, a lifetime habit, but all habits can be fun."

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Jenny Meadows is the European and World medal-winning 800m athlete.

Warming up is essential before your training session. "If you don't warm up, you're more likely to injure yourself," says Meadows. Meadows' own warm-ups consist of slow, low-intensity movements in which she gradually increases the rhythm and the intensity of the stretches.  She spends about half an hour warming up before a training session. "A warm-up also helps you to feel energized and focus on your training," adds Jenny.

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Tim Brabants combines a busy life as a doctor with a spectacular gold medal-winning career as a sprint kayaker.

"Firstly set your goals for what you are trying to achieve, however simple that may be. Working towards a specific goal always makes training feel more worthwhile, plus you get a sense of achievement when you realize that goal," Brabants says. "From then, try to stick to a routine of training that has enough variety in it to keep you motivated and challenges different parts/systems of your body.

"The third key aspect is preparation. I always pack my training kit and recovery food/drinks etc the night before so I don't forget anything and feel ready to go in the mornings."

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Jo Jackson is an Olympic bronze medalist and world record holder in the 400m freestyle.

"It can be difficult to motivate yourself if you're working out alone all the time, so try exercising with friends. That way you can motivate each other. Join a club; it's really good for you and can help improve your times and distances. Exercise is a really healthy part of your lifestyle so it's important to make it a regular routine."

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Gymnast Louis Smith has been junior European Champion and Commonwealth champion, as well as winning bronze in the 2008 Olympics on the pommel horse.

"My mental approach to my sport has played a huge part in my success," says Smith. "You have to approach the challenges you set yourself with a positive attitude and a belief in your abilities, otherwise it makes it difficult to achieve your goals. I believe in my abilities and that's what has got me to where I am today."