Half a world away in the World Cup of Nagano, Japan, US Speed Skater Kelly Gunther creased the ice with her razor-sharp skate blade and smoothly settled into her starting crouch. At the start signal, this Shaklee Pure Performance Team member exploded down the track in a flurry of arms and legs for the first 50 meters, then morphed into a beautifully synchronized speed demon with smooth strokes that belied the efficiency of each powerful push. Whoosh-clack, whoosh-clack…she devoured the 1000-meter race in just under 80 seconds.
Kelly was the top US competitor in the race, just 0.59 seconds shy of a medal, but still on track for her ultimate goal: A medal in the 2018 Games in PyeongChang. Kelly competed in the 2014 Games in Sochi, and believes she’ll have the experience and improvement to meet her goal. “I’m more motivated than ever,” said Kelly, “and I’m making the best of the opportunities I get.”
Kelly has been building her overall fitness for years, and the transition from summer to winter workouts seems natural to her. But winter brings fitness challenges for most of us, so Kelly and other Shaklee Pure Performance Team athletes offer some tips for cranking up your workouts as the temperatures drop.
“Remember that shorter days don’t mandate shorter workouts. Really, fall and winter are perfect for even longer workouts—long, easy runs or swims. Full workouts without some of the distractions of summer. I work on my endurance and strength in the winter so I can hit the sprints and skill events when the weather improves.”
—Dennis Bowsher, Modern Pentathlon
“Don’t let the ‘dark ages’ isolate you. Working out with friends or partners is generally more fun and motivating. I was more eager to workout with a friend, and having someone to share my goals and success really felt great.”
—Debbie McCormick, four-time Games competitor in Curling
“Advanced planning will help you stay on track. Some of the best athletes gain an edge by being great planners. Whether you’re trying to link up with friends, finding clear roads to run on, or avoiding a winter storm, your planning can keep you active when other people are hunkering down. And don’t forget to plan for a workout if you’re traveling!”
“Remember that fitness is forever and at all times. Fitness and well-being aren’t seasonal. You can build your foundation of fitness in the summer so that you don’t need a crash diet and fitness fad around January or February. I try to keep my fitness and weight at the right levels all year long.”
—Aly Dudek, 2010 bronze medalist in Short Track Speed Skating.
Keep your workouts comfortable. If it’s cold outside, you’ve got two easy choices: workout inside, or dress warmly enough to keep it enjoyable. You’ll eventually adjust to the weather, so don’t risk dropping a workout just because it’s cold. Shaklee Pure Performance Team athletes frequently hit the treadmill or indoor workout machines, and most gyms offer a variety of indoor workout options.