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5 Ways to Train Like an Olympic Athlete

5 Ways To TrainThe 2014 Winter Games are underway in Sochi. Have you ever wondered how an Olympic athlete trains and prepares for their shot at a gold medal? James Bicos, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist; consulting physician for the USA Olympic Gymnastics team and Barry Franklin, Ph.D., Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation share five tips on training like the world’s best athletes:

1. Set a goal and stick with it. “For many Olympic athletes, this is a lifetime of work for them. It consisted of setting goals, meeting those goals, and then setting new ones to aspire to be the best,” says Dr. Bicos. You can do this with all parts of your life. Just remember that not reaching your goal is NOT a failure. Evaluate what happened, make changes and try again!

2. Be healthy! The saying “We are what we eat” has some truth to it.  Stay away from fatty foods, junk food and caffeinated/carbonated beverages. Don’t rely on fad diets – if it is too good to be true, it probably is.  You are better off eating a well-rounded diet, coupled with a good exercise regimen.

3. See your physician! Endurance exercise, especially when vigorous, is a double-edged sword: it both protects against and can trigger cardiac events. Cardiac events are likely triggered by undetected cardiovascular disease, most notably, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy or clogged coronary arteries. Both of these abnormalities can often be detected via appropriate screenings, such as those being offered by the new Beaumont Cardiovascular Performance Clinic.

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Olympic Sports That Burn the Most Calories

Every four years, the world watches the best winter athletes as they compete for gold on the ice, snow and slopes. Want to feel like an Olympian during the Sochi Games? Try some of these Olympic sports that burn the most calories.

Skiing
Olympic Sports That Burn The Most CaloriesThe Olympic schedule is full of downhill events like the slalom and Super-G, while on the cross-country side, athletes ski up to 50km in grueling tests of stamina and strength. You’d think cross-country skiing would be a better workout, but the strength and balance needed to stay on your feet during downhill skiing burns a lot of calories. One hour of downhill or cross-country skiing can burn anywhere from 500 to 1,000 calories depending on your weight and intensity.

Skating
The Olympics are full of speed skating events – sprints, like the 500m and long distance races that go for 5,000m. Skating is a great way to build strong legs and core muscles and an hour of moderately intense skating usually burns between 500-600 calories.

Ice Hockey
Ice hockey combines sprint skating with slightly longer distances, but also includes stick work and quick agility that both require a ton of core strength and stamina. Some of the best hockey players in the world are on the ice for more than 24 minutes each game. Playing a moderately intense game of hockey burns around 700 calories.

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