Health Secrets From Olympians

Health Secrets From Olympians
GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 21: Havard Bokko, Sindre Henriksen, Simen Spieler Nilsen and Sverre Lunde Pedersen of Norway celebrate after winning the gold medal during the Speed Skating Men’s Team Pursuit Final A against Korea on day 12 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Oval on February 21, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
POWER UP WITH A PARFAIT

“Before a workout, I’ll have Greek yogurt with almonds, blueberries, and pineapple. The yogurt has the perfect mix of protein and fat, the fruit provides carbs, and almonds add an energizing boost of omega-3 fats.” —Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, 29, who won the women’s downhill at the 2010 Olympics

BEAT ANXIETY WITH RPMS

“A few minutes of meditation gives me more clarity and focus, and it’s as rejuvenating as caffeine. But it’s so easy to skip it if I don’t do it first thing. So I live by the RPM rule: Rise, pee, meditate. In that order.” —Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, 32

FORGIVE YOURSELF TO TURN AROUND A MISTAKE MORE QUICKLY

“The ice is so slippery, and really, anything can happen, no matter how much I practice. All I can do is go out there with confidence, and if I fall on my butt, I try to take it in stride. I think you have to show up with the mind-set that you are going to do your best, and remember that anyone can make a mistake. When something unexpected happens, it helps if you can react quickly and get back on your feet.” —Ice dancer Meryl Davis, 27, who with her skating partner, Charlie White, won the World Championships last year (They’re the faces of Ralph Lauren’s Winter Olympics campaign.)

WEB SEARCH YOUR WAY TO A FLATTER BELLY

“Abs are the quickest muscles to lose fitness, so it’s important to work them in a new way every few months. Often, I’ll go on YouTube and search for ab workouts, then scroll until I see something I haven’t tried before. But don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get a lot of definition; even many elite athletes don’t have a six-pack. Abs like that are like the cherry on top of the sundae. Sigh. The sundae we can’t have.” —Bobsledder Lolo Jones, 31

GIVE YOUR BODY A BOOST WITH… PICKLES!

“Pickle juice has electrolytes in it, and after a workout, I crave the salt. Sometimes, and this is weird, I’ll drink the juice, and then I have to eat the pickles that have been dried up and left for dead. My teammates got me pickles for my birthday last year.” —Ski jumper Lindsey Van, 29 (This will be the first Games that includes womens ski jumping; officials once claimed the sport was bad for a womans uterus!)

FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT—WITH MAKEUP

“I’m a show pony by nature: When I feel those eyes on me, I thrive. But on days when I’m just not feeling it, what helps is makeup. In figure skating, it’s a part of the package. I wear a bright red lipstick from CoverGirl’s Lip Perfection line in a shade called Rapture; it instantly makes me feel more confident. Lipstick is also a reminder to smile, which tells my brain it’s ‘go time.’ ” —Ice skater Ashley Wagner, 22

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