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Lessons We Can Learn From The Olympic Athletes

By Pamela Redwine

A 4-H Sewing 101 Workshop is offered Tuesday, March 11, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The workshop is an Introduction sewing class for youth, ages 8 to 18. The fee for the class is $5. This will serve as a pre-requisite to attend any youth sewing class offered by the Yalobusha County Extension Service .
During this class students will learn basic information including: Parts of a sewing machine, correct sewing tool names and uses, how to thread a machine, how to wind a bobbin, how to cut a straight line, how to sew a straight line, how to sew on a button as well as complete a project.
Space is limited. To register your child or to volunteer to help with this class please call 675-2730 or email me at pamelar@ext.msstate .edu. The fee must be paid to be registered for class.
Everyone is invited to hear the latest floral fashion report on Thursday, March 6, from  noon to 1 p.m. with  Lynette McDougald, Instructor and Manager at  The University Florist. She will focus on at the color selections for 2014.  Every year Pantone releases a selection of colors that are quickly adopted by the fashion industry. These 2014 color selections lend themselves to some striking spring accompaniments in floral.
Meeting attendees will create a number of floral compositions that represent these colors and the cut flower offerings of our spring gardens and retailers.  Feel free to come and watch or get the supply list from the Extension Service and join along in creating beautiful spring floral arrangements with Lynette.
Our Healthy You exercise classes continue to meet each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at the Extension office in Coffeeville. On Wednesday, March 12, the nurse will be here from 8:50 – 9:00 a.m. to test blood pressure and glucose.  Also, at 9:45 we will have our 30 minute March nutrition lesson.
Don’t forget our crochet group meets twice a month.  The next meeting date is Thursday, March 13 at 10 a.m. in the conference room of the extension office. The group is free, but you will need to bring your own yarn and needle. Mrs. Karol Jarmon is our volunteer crochet leader.

Lessons We Can Learn From The Olympic Athletes

Did you watch the Olympics this year? It was sad to see them end. No matter what the event, there’s a lot to learn from the athletes — before, after, and during the competition.
And you don’t have to be an Olympian to apply some of those lessons to your own life.
Take a look at the five big things I learned from Olympic athletes this year. They are great lessons for us to apply to our own lives.

Olympic Lesson #1: Be Active, Every Day
Olympic athletes follow a rigorous training schedule, and many exercise multiple times per day. The consistency and time devoted to the workouts really pay off in the competition. In fact, Ted Ligety, who won a gold medal in the giant slalom this year, trains for 5-6 hours a day. And that’s just in the off season! The article, Ted Ligety Knows No Off-Season, explains, “Training is a year-round obligation, whether on the road or not.”
Can you implement a similar program on a smaller scale? You certainly don’t need to train for upwards of six hours a day, but can you set a workout schedule that offers a bit of a challenge? Make a real commitment to exercise consistently!

Olympic Lesson #2: Get Back Up
    The injury and tragedy comeback stories in the Olympics are sure to inspire, so make sure to take those lessons to heart. Follow the lead of these amazing athletes, at whatever scale matters to you. If you have a bad day, miss a workout, or fail to stick to your program, acknowledge the frustration and then find a way to get back up and keep going.
Don’t give up!

Olympic Lesson #3: Fuel Right
You won’t find Olympic athletes eating a steady diet of foods laden with sodium, saturated fat, added sugars, etc. All the hard work they do requires just the right fuel, which in turn means that most Olympians eat healthfully, all day, every day. Their plans definitely don’t include skipping meals regularly or avoiding the nutrients they need.
In fact, the U.S. Olympic Committee puts together a team of professional nutrition specialists, who then offer informational materials to Olympic athletes, coaches, and parents.

Olympic Lesson #4: Sleep
Do you think athletes training for and competing in the Olympics let themselves run low on sleep? Absolutely not. According to that same Forbes article, “if you want to train like an Olympian, be prepared to go to bed at the same time as the kids. Athletes aiming for the games need to sleep anywhere from eight to 10 hours a night, often followed by a 30- to 90-minute siesta, says [Terrence] Mahon [the head coach for Team Running USA]. Resting is crucial because it gives the body a chance to rebuild tissue and muscle that’s been broken down during training.”

Olympic Lesson #5: Go for the Gold!
Even if a medal isn’t in your future, keep your eyes on the prize. Set a goal for yourself and strive to reach it. Make reminders for those times when you need a pick-me-up and do what it takes to keep your goals in view.
Remember, the ultimate prize for a healthful lifestyle isn’t a gold medal or a pile of cash, it’s something even greater. Your health.

Article Source: Communicating Food for Health

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