The Olympics Inspire Us To Get Off The Sofa And Get Active. I love the Olympics. In fact, I was actually doing a countdown to the opening ceremonies for a month before they even started. And like millions of people around the world I have spent the last two weeks on the sofa glued to the television watching the best athletes in the world compete in a wide range of sporting competitions in the Rio Olympics.
The Olympics Inspire Us To Get Off The Sofa And Get Active
Yesterday, I was talking to a friend of mine and she asked me what my fascination was with the Olympics. Say what? “Are you serious,” I asked her. Much to my surprise, she was very serious.
So it got me thinking…what is it about the Olympics that captures my heart.
While I watch the Olympics for the excitement, more importantly I watched it for the inspiration, motivation, and learning lessons it provides in watching the athletes give it their all.
It takes an incredible amount of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and hard work to become one of the best athletes in the world and get to the pinnacle of their sport. And let’s face it there are very few people in the world that actually put their heart and soul so wholly into anything, let alone health and fitness.
So for me, the Olympics are the epitome of hard work and dedication and celebrate the athleticism and participation of each athlete. Seeing athletes compete at this level, and hearing their stories of determination and triumphs in overcoming obstacles inspires me to set my goals high and not to stop until I get there.
Which brings me to another lesson that the Olympics has taught me…never put an age limit on your dreams.
Age is just a number for 41-year old Oksana Chusovitina a gymnast competing for Uzbekistan. She competed in her first Olympics in 1992 in Barcelona where she won a team gold medal with the former Soviet Union. Let me point out that those Olympic Games took place before many of the gymnasts competing at this year’s Rio Olympics were even born. And to add icing to the cake Chusovitina was one of eight women who qualified for the vault final at this year’s Rio Olympics.
And then there is the inspirational story of 54-year old Santiago Lange from Argentina, who had his left lung partially removed last year after a lung cancer diagnosis. He and his crew mate Cecilia Carranza Saroli won gold in sailing. Not only did he not let his age deter him, he didn’t let cancer either.
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For me the Olympics are motivational bliss where an incredible stage exists for the athletes to engage, interact, and compete with one another as the world unites to watch them. And while most of us will never be Olympic athletes, we get to watch extraordinary athletes and tap into something profound and magical, and then we get to apply that toward our own path.
I know for myself my two week respite on the sofa is over. It’s time for this 51-year old to lace up my athletic shoes and hit the trails in the mountains of my adopted country of Guatemala where my soul smiles through my heart and my heart smiles through my eyes every time I find myself climbing the volcanoes or hiking through the Sierra Madre mountain range in Lake Atitlan Guatemala.
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This year, let the Olympics inspire you to identify at least one dream or goal for yourself and pursue it with everything you have.
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