Challenge Yourself to Shape Up

August 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm , by

The past two weeks we’ve watched in awe as thousands of athletes competed in everything from track & field to judo in London. But why just sit back and watch? The Olympics can be a great motivator to help you get in shape, too.

You don’t have to be an elite athlete to push yourself to new heights of better health. You may be surprised at what you can accomplish. That’s what happened to Terri Gerrard, pictured above (yes, both of those are her). We met her while we were working on our August issue story on sensible weight-loss secrets from LHJ readers.

My jaw dropped when Terri sent us her before and after pictures. But what really impressed me was why she chose to compete (in a bikini, on stage) in a figure competition. It’s a lot like bodybuilding, she says, except the judges focus on muscle tone rather than muscle size. Read on for how she made changes and how you can get started.

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Do Good Olympians

February 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm , by

hannahsgold_15Have you been watching the Olympics as obsessively as we have? Curious about whether any of our favorite Olympians are also do-gooders at heart, we did a little research and learned about snowboarder Hannah Teter (who just won silver in the halfpipe event and was the halfpipe gold medalist in Torino).

Teter has been sponsoring a water sanitation effort in Kirindon, Africa for the last three years through her Hannah’s Gold foundation, which sells Vermont maple syrup to raise money for the project. (Teter also has a Ben & Jerry’s flavor named after her—Maple Blondie—and a portion of the proceeds also benefit her foundation.)

She also recently announced that she’s selling Sweet Cheecks underwear (“panties with purpose,” of course) and will be donating $5 from the sale of each pair to Doctors Without Borders. And if that wasn’t enough, she’s also giving any winnings from Vancouver to the Haiti relief effort.

We like Olympians with hearts of gold. (Sorry, just couldn’t resist.) Do any of your favorite winter athletes support charities?

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