Mack Horton is one of Australia’s brightest young swimmers, rising up through the junior ranks of swimming, claiming five World Junior Championship gold medals. A National Champion in 400m and 1500m freestyle and 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold medallist in 4x200m freestyle, Mack famously announced his name on the world stage at the recent 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Melbourne born-and-bred rising star won Gold in 400m freestyle, fighting off Chinese Olympic champion, Sun Yang, and stood as spokesperson for ‘clean’ athletes. The 20-year-old now returns to Melbourne to take on the Sunday Age City2Sea, presented by Westpac this November.
Mack will be running the 5km course to raise funds and awareness for mental health and wellbeing charity, beyondblue.
Set goals and aim for improvement
Fitness is about always looking to improve even that one per cent extra with each session that you do. Goal-setting is important in any exercise regime, but it’s also critical to make these goals achievable, so that you can move on to the next one. An extra couple of minutes, more repetitions or slightly longer distance will make you feel positive that you’re making progress.
Find a friend
Nothing makes exercise easier, than having someone to do it with. Training with a partner or friend helps you to push each other past points where you might already have stopped if you were training by yourself. Nothing beats the satisfaction is achieving fitness and exercise goals when you do it together!
Mix it up
Monotony can be a common deterrent in training programs. Mix up your training with running, walking, cycling and swimming. Different activities train different aspects of physical fitness, but also means you can look forward to a fresh challenge.