Wouldn’t it be nice if we could have just a fraction of the self-discipline, time-management skills, and other tricks elite athletes use to maintain a healthy lifestyle?

Today’s show (listen above!) is about how you can use the same techniques as one of America’s greatest Olympic athletes to improve your fitness, health, and happiness. We talked interview with Sheila Taormina, one of the most accomplished Olympians in U.S. history. Sheila shares how she was able to rise to the top of three sports, maintain a full-time job, and still have time for fun.

What You’ll Learn from This Episode

Sheila Taormina

0:00 — How to protect your back from your backpack.

2:48 — What an Olympic athlete can teach you about living healthfully.

5:03 — How to maintain a balanced lifestyle while staying fit and healthy.

8:26 — How participating in sports can improve your health, happiness, and quality of life.

10:02 — How to maintain your health after your sports years are behind you.

13:04 — Should you focus on the process or the outcome in sports and life?

14:56 — The top three ways to recover from a hard workout.

18:01 — How to mentally recover after a big letdown.

19:46 — What were the hardest and most enjoyable sports in which Sheila competed?

23:36 — Where you can learn more about Sheila Taormina.

Show Notes

SwimSpeedSecrets.com Sheilat.com See Sheila’s swimming videos The Pareto Principle Modern Pentathlon

Other Listening Options

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People On the Show

Armi Legge David Tao Sheila Taormina

Works Cited

If you listen to this episode on an iPod or other music-playing device, links to these studies will appear on your screen as you listenCarrying a rucksack on either shoulder or the back, does it matter? Load induced functional scoliosis in “normal” young subjects. Bettany-Saltikov, J., Warren, J., Stamp, M. School of Health and Social Care, University of Teesside, Victoria Road, Middlesbrough, UK. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2008;140:221-4..