It's always so insiring to sit down with some of the world's best female athletes, like Allyson Felix, and pick their brains about health and fitness. And right now, Felix is on a roll! Having just won the women's 100-meter hurdle at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix meet in Japan, she's looking ahead to the 2012 Olympic games in London with confidence. Although she's a two-time silver medalist, she says she's now ready for a gold. Read on to find out just how the determined and talented 27-year-old athlete (and Crest 3D White spokesperson) stays motivated, on and off the track.
"I try to think about my goals," Felix says. "I think about my competitors—I know they're working hard, and if they are, then I do too. I have to be one step ahead of them."
Obviously, as an Olympian, staying in shape is part of Felix's job. So what kind of advice would she give someone who's trying to get and stay fit?
"Try to think of working out and healthy eating as a lifestyle" Felix says. "Rather than go on a diet or try a crazy exercise routine, try making them something you do every day."
The runner stresses that if you think of exercise as something that is fun, it'll be easier to stick to than if you think of it as something you have to do. "Enjoy the process," she says. "Keep your priorities straight and then go after them with a plan." Felix suggests socializing your workouts by enlisting the help of a friend or two, and turning lunch dates or happy hours into workout sessions.
And don't be discouraged if you haven't got it all quite figured out! "This year will hopefully be my third Olympic games, and I'm finally starting to feel like I've got the right balance down when it comes to training, my family, and my friends," Felix says. "At the beginning of the year, I had to sit down with friends and family and tell them I was going to be kind of selfish this year, that I had to put my training first, but it's definitely a balancing act."