What you Should and Shouldn’t Do When You’re Following the Olympics

Whether you love the Olympics or hate them, unless you live in a black hole you’re bound to hear some news from them. Here are some things you should and shouldn’t pick up from following the Olympics.


Don’t Fall Into the Olympic Vortex With so many events, athletes and round the clock coverage it’s easy to fall into the trap of watching the Olympics all day. Even though you may be able to get some work or exercise done while watching, it’s more likely that watching more will make you more sedentary.  Being glued to a screen all day isn’t good for your eyes or sleeping habits and may also increase mortality risk.

Don’t make athletes your role models (unless you personally know them). Athletes are in the spotlight here because they are good at a specific sport, not because they’re great people. Admire them for their sports prowess and devotion, maybe even give them a follow on social media but spend significantly more time on real people in your life.

Don’t try to eat Like an Olympian.

Who could forget the Michael Phelps diet, clocking in at 12 000 calories? While the Olympian admits that his original diet report was probably over exaggerated and his new diet clocks in at around 35000 calories, something that could easily be emulated, no one needs to try the diet of an Olympian. While more and more athletes are using dieticians and forgoing fast food the dietary needs of different sports and individuals vary greatly. You likely aren’t on an Olympic training schedule and aren’t likely to improve your performance by following someone else’s diet, Olympian or otherwise.  Head to a dietician if you feel your diet needs a makeover.

Don’t follow Olympians therapy/recovery methods


Instead of focusing on Michael Phelp’s diet at the Games, attention has instead turned to the cupping therapy he gets which leaves bright red circular patches on his skin. The best therapy is the one that advertises itself after all. Other things you’ll notice at the games are Kines Tape, the bright strips that athletes are affixing everywhere to their bodies. While neither have been shown to work, they also don’t really have any negative effects. That being said, spend your money elsewhere if you’re short on cash.

Don’t judge Olympians’ bodies First off Olympic judging is usually corrupt. Secondly the vast majority of athletes are there to compete in a sport, not to look pretty. While Canadian diver Maxim Bouchard is a model and an athlete, and there are likely a few more athletes that model or want to model and may wish to accomplish two things at once, they’re the minority. Athletes have trained incredibly hard for many years to be good at a sport. While lists like the Top Sexiest Rio 2016 Olympians may seem complimentary, it’s still diminishing the athletes athletic skill by putting more emphasis on how they look. Negative remarks about athlete’s bodies or anybody really are just plain rude.


Do watch and appreciate the work and dedication that athletes have put in and their passion for the sport Watching anybody excel at something they are passionate about feels great and can help encourage you to follow or find your passion.

Do try out some of the sports. Though not at your home. You can try almost all of the 42 Olympic sports as an adult. Just do it under the guidance of a coach or instructor.

Do appreciate the diversity of athlete’s bodies at the Olympics  It’s one of the only times that there are accurate portrayals of what people actually look like on screens and ads. While athletes may look too muscular, fat, skinny or have a dad bod according to society, it works for them and the sport they play. See why they appreciate and how they still dislike parts of their bodies and deal with people’s judgement in these Beautiful Body segments.




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