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Getting into the Olympic spirit

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  July 23, 2012 07:30 AM

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Whether you watch the Olympics or not, to me, there's something inspiring about the individual athletes. Watching people perform at such a high level, pushing their bodies to the limit and testing their mental strength, is just amazing.

Every time I watch an event, I always wonder how an athlete got to the top of their game. What did they do for training? How long? How much? What does it really take? And then I wonder what someone like me could take away from that information.

It appears the American Council on Exercise wondered the same thing. So, they came up with four exercise programs inspired by some of their favorite Olympic sports.

The video series they produced includes workouts inspired by gymnastics, track and field, swimming, and cycling.

The ACE also offers up advice on how frequently you should do these workouts to achieve certain goals, as well as how intense and how many reps are recommended.

While you're in the Olympic spirit, be sure to check out my Q&A with pro athlete Dara Torres.

Do you have a favorite Olympic sport?

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.

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Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at Boston.com. She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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