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Top 4 Tips on Living a Balanced Life from Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor
Wellness
Published Sunday Nov 10, 2019 by Meredith Simmons

Top 4 Tips on Living a Balanced Life from Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor

Motivation
Perspective
Personal Growth

In her years of being an athlete, Misty May-Treanor has learned a lot about how to balance responsibilities with self-care. Now a coach and mother, the three-time gold medalist divides her time between teaching others the sport of volleyball and being with her family. We asked Misty to share her advice on how to ensure you meet your goals while still taking care of yourself.


Take time for yourself.

Misty prioritizes time for herself to ensure that she’s in the best shape for her family. For Misty, taking that time gives her endorphins, making her feel better and giving her more energy.

“It’s important for women to take time for themselves, so you don't get bogged down,” Misty explained. “You can read a book, go for a walk or just take five to ten minutes to meditate. We don’t give enough time for ourselves.”


Try to make the person next to you better.

In her years as an athlete, Misty learned the importance of teamwork, both to achieve a common goal and to hold herself accountable.

“My goal has always been to make the person next to me better,” Misty said. “I’ve met a lot of people through working out—from people in classes I take to being a role model to other young kids.”

By holding herself accountable to other people, Misty makes sure that she is doing the best she can for her team, family and herself.


Stay the course.

When setbacks happen, Misty doesn’t let it distract her from her goals. As an athlete, she learned that she had to dedicate herself to the process and stay humble—no matter what happened.

“We can be so focused on winning and losing, but you still have to enjoy what you’re doing,” Misty said. “You’re not going to see progress overnight. It’s so important to remember to stay patient and stay the course, especially when people are just starting out.”


Plan ahead.

As busy as she is, planning ahead is important for Misty to stay on track with her goals. Since Misty was introduced to MINDBODY over 13 years ago, she's used the software to book her workouts, and now, to run her business, Dream in Gold Beach Volleyball Club.

“With the MINDBODY app, it’s so easy to set up workouts, get reminders and stay on track. In sports, you have to be goal-oriented to have a clear path to success. Setting goals along the way help you find a way to make the task clearer.”

 

This post was originally published on May 23, 2017. 
Meredith Simmons
Written by
Meredith Simmons
Senior Content Marketing Specialist and Certified Group Fitness Instructor
About the author
Meredith is an avid sports fan and group fitness addict, which lead to her becoming a certified fitness instructor in 2019. A long-time Mindbodyian, Meredith helps tell the stories of the thousands of businesses using Mindbody to make the world a happier and healthier place.
surfer catching wave in ocean olympics
Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.