There’s nothing like the Winter Olympics to make you want to up your fitness game. One look at the powerful physiques of those athletes and you feel tremendous respect for the hours they must put in the qualify to compete in their chosen sport. Many train for hours on end and forego any social life to pursue their life-long dreams. Some even move away from their family and friends to focus single-mindedly on winning. Watching the programming leading up to the Opening Ceremonies in Pyeongchang, South Korea fills me with anticipation and has inspired me to slip on some trainers and go for a walk or run myself. At last count, I read it takes an average of $15,000 a year to support an athlete and five to eight years to train them until they reach their full competitive level. That’s over $100,000 spent on trainers, equipment, food and shelter, lodging and travel, costumes and upkeep, but in the end, most say they wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. When they win a medal, especially the gold, the relief is palpable, even from a thousand miles away.
I’ve been inspired to up my fitness game and invest in some fresh new kicks and athleisure wear to work out in, but I won’t have to spend anywhere near what goes into training an Olympian. I know how to use a running warehouse coupon from Groupon and get the best deals on active wear, shoes, accessories and gear in town. … Read More