The 2016 Summer Olympic Gameswere held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil .
I visited the United States Olympic Training facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Both Olympic and Paralympic athletes train and live here.The facilities are state of the art, modern and open to the public for visits and tours.
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Life lessons from Team USA
As much as I admire the elite athletes who comprise the Olympic team, the Paralympic athletes captivate my imagination.
These are athletes who compete with, not necessarily despite, significant physical impairments; but to call them “disabled” does them an injustice. Many of them play and compete in physically demanding sports without full use of their arms and legs; some don’t even have all of their arms and legs.
As we walked around the complex on a guided tour, I was reminded of the importance of physical activity for our physical and mental health, and made a note to remind you too. Almost no one will disagree with the recommendation to include and increase physical activity in our daily lives.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans call for
moderate-intensive physical activity for 150 minutes or more per week,
vigorous-intensity activity for at least 75 minutes per week, or
an equivalent combination of the 2, and
engaging in muscle strengthening activity at least twice per week.
- Medical studies show that exercise can prevent or improve many chronic health conditions and lack of exercise contributes to many diseases.
- Physical activity may reduce the risk of cancers of the breast, colon, uterus, prostate and pancreas.
- Regular exercise may help prevent diabetes and heart disease.
- Exercise can relieve joint and back pain due to arthritis.
- Depression is treated with physical activity successfully
As we walked through the USA Shooting area I picked up a flyer titled “Winning Attitudes”. I liked what it said so I am using some of the ideas to illustrate my photos. I hope they will encourage you to develop a “winning attitude” in all areas of your life.
Enjoy this brief tour through the Olympic Complex and if you go to Colorado Springs, be sure and visit; the cost is reasonable and worth the price.
Become excited, confident, and enthusiastic about your goals.
True confidence is based on the thoroughness of preparation.
Winners have the ability to look inside themselves and find that special dream.
Winners focus on solutions, not problems.
Winners have positive attitudes in all elements of their lives. The more you think about, talk about, and write about a thing happening, the greater the certainty of that thing happening.
Goals should identify minimum performance levels. They should never limit your performance.
Real winners are champions in life, not just in sports.
Missing a goal means setting another goal to strive for.
A champion constantly learns and improves.
8 thoughts on “From Colorado Springs to Rio -the Olympic Games in Tuesday Travels”
How fun to get a tour of my old stomping grounds! I especially love that you posed as a skater! 😉
Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it Lisa; familiar places always feel like home.
I’ve never ice skated; but I ballroom dance, which I imagine feels similar-gliding across the floor to beautiful music.
That’s such an inspiring and uplifting post. It really describes real winners. Love the pics too.
Thanks for stopping by. Taking the pictures was fun, with so many unique scenes to capture. Good reminders that you can’t win at anything if you don’t get in the game.
What an awesome and encouraging post. So many good things here.
I have to admit, I’m extra excited about this summer’s Olympics. I LOVE watching gymnastics – and swimming!
Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).
Wishing you a lovely evening.
Thank you Jennifer I’m glad you found it encouraging; I truly believe we can all be champions in some way. And gymnastics is also my favorite.
I love this post and all the wonderful reminders about what a champion and winner really are. I have never been to the Center. Appreciate your post. Thanks for linking with #overthemoon.
Thanks for reading and the feedback. I believe we all can be champions in some way.