Health tips from our most successful sportswomen
With the Rio Olympics just around the corner, Australia’s fittest sportswomen are ramping up their training to take on the world’s best. We spoke to the extremely fierce, Alicia Coutts, Ellyse Perry and Michelle Jenneke this week about their advice for feeling good and improving your health.
- Try and do some form of physical activity every day
Even if this is just a gentle walk, regular exercise can have a huge impact on your physical health as well as your mental wellbeing. Exercise helps to release positive endorphins which can help improve your mood and make you feel happy. So if you’re feeling low, just take 20 minutes to move.
- Try to stay away from foods and drinks high in sugar
Foods and drinks that state they are low in fat will often actually be high in sugar. Sugar in excessive amounts leads to poor performance, headaches, lethargy and weight gain.
- Keep mixing it up and setting goals
Goals are very important as they give you something exciting to work towards, whether that’s running a little bit further each week or trying something new. The thrill of smashing your goals and getting out of your comfort zone will be super rewarding and it will keep you on your desired path.
- Surround yourself with positive and uplifting people
When the going gets tough it is great to have some positive and supportive people around you to share that experience with and so you can keep pushing each other on to achieve bigger and better things.
- Get plenty of sleep
If you are tired throughout the day or before you go to bed then you might need to get more sleep. A good night’s sleep can help to improve your mood, your cognitive function and your energy levels. I usually get between eight to nine hours of sleep each night, however, during heavy training periods this increases to 10 hours.
- Make time to have some fun in life and laugh a lot
A healthy, happy mind gives you more energy and motivation to eat well and exercise and helps with a good night’s sleep. When you are happy you are also bound to feel great, so take time out to enjoy the things and people that make you smile and feel great.
This March, Alicia, Ellyse and Michelle are all on board as ambassadors for Cancer Council’s The March Charge; a national movement calling upon people to run, ride or swim all the kilometres they can throughout the month of March, to help combat the one third of cancers that can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle and to raise funds for cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support. To enlist visit: www.themarchcharge.com.au.