WatchingtheOlympicGames,I’malwaysamazed at how incredibly fit, determined andpoisedthesemostlyyoungathletesare.Butthe older competitors are even more impres-sive(moreonthatinaminute).
Of course, simply earning a spot on anOlympicteamisatremendousaccomplish-ment. That may be whytheOlympicCreed reads: “Themostimportantthing in theOlympic Games isnot to win but totake part, just asthe most impor-tant thing in life is not the triumph but thestruggle. The essential thing is not to haveconquered but to have fought well.”The great Jesse Owens said, “The purposeof the Olympics, anyway, was to do yourbest. As I’d learned long ago…the only vic-tory that counts is the one over yourself.”
The point that resonates with me is that you need not be an Olympian to achieve a worthy goal. What’s more important thanimproving one’s health? Developing a fit,healthy body doesn’t require a gold-medalperformance. You just have to get active.So what prevents us from getting active?Is it all the time we devote to our jobs, cars,television and the Internet? Or is it lack of motivation?That’s where the Olympics come in. Watchingsuperhumanfeatsofathleticprowessmotivates and inspires because it demonstrateshowextraordinarilywell-designedthehumanbody is. With a little encouragement — espe-ciallyregularexerciseandsoundnutrition—the body can do amazing things. Properly maintained,itcantakeyouwhereveryouneed to go for the rest of your life.Thekeyistoremindourselveseveryday just how important — and easy — it is to takecareofourbodies.Itbeginswhenwestartmoving and make healthier meal choices, andittakesholdwhenweincorporateregularexercise into our weekly routines.
Overtheyears,we’vefeaturedmany Olympians in the pages of
,includingAllysonFelix,LindseyVonn, Apolo Ohno and Alicia Sacramone, to name justafew.Inthisissue,wearethrilledtoshare our conversation with OlympianChristieRampone.NamedcaptainoftheU.S. women’s national soccer team in 2008,RamponejustcompetedinherfourthOlympics in London, where she led herteammates to a third straight gold medal. As if her feats on the soccer field weren’timpressive enough, Rampone, 37, is themother of two active, young daughters, while also battling Lyme disease. Age defying and awe inspiring. Thank you, Christie!
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