Golden Girl: Lindsey Vonn's Fitness and Motivation Tips
Lindsey Vonn's Workout and Fitness Tips
Is there any sport you're not good at?
I'm pretty bad at surfing. Things in water tend not to go so well for me. I sink like a rock. I think it's because of my big butt.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I'm really clumsy. I stumble a lot, stub my toe, drop my phone. My husband jokes that I'm safer on the slopes than I am off!
You wear makeup when you ski. Is that part of your routine?
I feel more confident when I wear it, and I think that comes across in my skiing. If you look good, you feel good.
What's workout heaven to you?
I love anything on a stability ball. It's more like play to me, because I can be creative and come up with different ways to exercise. I love working out my core, because I'm not only getting stronger but looking better, too.
What are your go-to healthy foods?
I love salmon, fruits, and nuts. But I'm originally from Minnesota, so deep down I'm still a steak-and-potatoes kind of girl -- even though I don't eat potatoes these days. I also stay away from processed carbs as much as possible because they're hard for the body to digest. But I do let myself cheat once a week. The hardest things for me to resist are sweets, like banana bread and French toast. I love to bake. In last winter's Olympics, I baked about 21 loaves of banana bread to keep myself relaxed.
What do you do to have fun?
I hang out with friends. I like getting a cup of coffee and going to the movies and being mellow and relaxed. I also play Kinect, a dance game on the Xbox 360. I dance around and have a great time, but I probably look like a dork.
How long do you think you'll keep skiing?
In 2015 the world championships will be in my hometown of Vail, Colorado. So I'm going to try to do well for the crowd. Maybe after that I'll retire and have four kids. I want to be a stay-at-home mom who bakes cookies and is there for her children.
When are you happiest?
When I'm with my family, preferably while skiing. I love being out on the mountain and feeling the wind against my face mixed with the adrenaline of going fast. At that moment it doesn't matter what else is going on in my life. All the chaos stops.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2011.
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