As an athlete, it's part of Brandi Chastain's job requirement to stay fit. And does she ever—the World Cup champion is in phenomenal shape. Still, as a mother, athlete, and co-founder of Bawsi, a nonprofit that aims to improve the visibility of female athletes in the sports world, Chastain knows what it's like to be busy, busy, busy. So how does she find the time to work out regularly? Here, she shares her strategies for staying happy, healthy, and sane.
1. Be in charge of your own attitude. "What set our national soccer team apart from other teams is that we knew we could do anything, and we believed it," Chastain says. It's good advice—when it comes to working out, if you psych yourself up and tell yourself that you will have a great workout, you probably will!
2. Do something for yourself. "Women are busy," Chastain says. "We wear a lot of hats and have a lot of demands, and we sometimes forget about ourselves, so take those moments for yourself." Even if you only have five minutes, Chastain recommends taking those five minutes to do something you love for yourself, whether that means you put in a short workout or read a book or magazine.
3. Find people who inspire you. "I always felt with the national team, that when were playing our best, I gravitated toward those players who were really pushing themselves," Chastain says. "I always try to be around people who are positive and inspirational and who really push themselves." Try and surround yourself in all aspects of your life, from your career to your workout, with people who inspire you, cheer you on, and encourage you to be the best "you" you can be.