Win at Everything: Olympians' Top Success Secrets
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Spark a workout with this nudge.
To avoid couch sitting too long after an injury or exercise rut, tap into some peer pressure. "If I ever feel that I don't want to train, or that I'm too tired or too sore, I just look at Facebook," reveals gold-medal downhill skier Lindsey Vonn, who checked out her competitors' posts while rehabbing from a serious knee injury. Let your sporty pals' posts and tweets motivate you to move -- or like us on Facebook at facebook.com/fitnessmag for a fresh push from our Motivation Moment quote of the day.
Sculpt solid-gold abs.
What you can't see when she's in her signature threads is the six-pack that powers snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler's medal-winning stunts in the half-pipe. Get a belly you can bounce a quarter off with this variation of her fave core exercise.
- Kneel on floor facing a stability ball with your wrists resting atop the center, hands clasped.
- Slowly lean forward from knees as you roll ball forward until arms are extended atop ball and body is at a 45 degree angle to floor. Reverse motion back to start position.
(Bleiler's version? She uses two stability balls, kneeling on one as she rolls the other forward. Yowza!)
Sportify your scarf.
Whether you're taking on the slopes or the slush, "there is nothing worse than getting cold air down your jacket," snowboarder Elena Hight says. "I never go out without a neck gaiter." The pullover neck warmers are as cozy as wraparounds but less unruly in the wind. You'll covet the poppy colors of the Oakley Midweight Fleece Neckie ($20, oakley.com).
Bounce back from a cheat day.
Keep a slipup in check by focusing on the finish line you're working toward. "I'm motivated by the burning feeling that my journey is not complete," says Olympic hurdler-turned-bobsledder Lolo Jones, who has aced a huge learning curve to prep for the Winter Games. She brushes off setbacks with this mantra: "A failure isn't a failure if it prepares you for success tomorrow." Go, Lolo!
Squash winter munchies.
It's cold and you're pretty much craving carbs 24-7. For lasting energy without the sugar spike, have a mash-up of carbs and protein the way ice dancer Meryl Davis does. "I mix granola cereal with yogurt," Davis says; it's fuel that's "not too light or too heavy."
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