Danica Patrick’s 7 fitness hacks make body shaping easier
| USA TODAY – It’s safe to call Danica Patrick a fitness expert.
In her health and fitness book, Pretty Intense, she describes herself as 25 percent weight lifter, 50 percent CrossFitter, 20 percent sprinter and 5 percent distance runner.
She shared these top fitness tips with us.
1. Plan ahead
“I would say that having a little bit of a schedule for your workout tends to get you doing it,” Patrick said. “So that’s helpful. Having a designated space to do it is also helpful if you’re doing it at home, so you have a purposeful place for it.”
2. Challenging = Confidence
Don’t be scared or intimidated by challenging exercise moves or complicated workouts, Patrick said.
“While things are difficult, the amount of confidence you gain from being able to do it or accomplishing it, that seeps into so many other facets of your life,” Danica said.
“You believe in yourself entirely — as opposed to just, ‘I can do that move.’ It’s now, ‘Oh, you need me to do that work? Sure, I got you.’ ‘Need me to do that? Sure, I got it.’ You tend to get more confident in your life, period, because you realize you can do it if you believe in yourself.”
3. If you don’t have a workout…
…try doing a single full-body move on repeat, like burpees, which are another favorite of Patrick’s. No one says you have to always be clever or creative with your workouts to get a good one in.
“A couple years ago, I was at my parents’ house, and I did not feel like thinking of a workout that day,” she recalled. “I was like, ‘I wanna workout, but what should I do? I’ll just do burpees.’ … READ MORE AT USA TODAY.
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Danica Sue Patrick (born March 25, 1982) is an American former professional racing driver.
She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing—her victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only win by a woman in an IndyCar Series race.
Born to a working-class family in Beloit, Wisconsin, Patrick began karting at the age of ten and achieved early success by winning her class in the World Karting Association Grand National Championship three times in the mid-1990s.
She dropped out of high school with her parents’ permission in 1998 and moved to the United Kingdom to further her career. Patrick competed in Formula Vauxhall and Formula Ford before returning to the United States in 2001 due to a lack of funding.
In 2002, she competed in five Barber Dodge Pro Series races for Rahal Letterman Racing. Patrick later raced in the Toyota Atlantic Series for the next two years. Her best effort was third in the championship standings for the 2004 season where she became the first woman to win a pole position in the series.
She first drove in the IndyCar Series with Rahal Letterman Racing in 2005 and took three pole positions, equaling Tomas Scheckter’s record of poles in a rookie season. She was named the Rookie of the Year for both the 2005 Indianapolis 500 and the 2005 IndyCar Series. She improved over the next two years with Rahal Letterman Racing in 2006 and later Andretti Green Racing in 2007.
In 2008, Patrick followed up her first victory to place sixth overall in the drivers’ standings. She improved on this to secure fifth the following season, which saw her finish a career-high third at the Indianapolis 500, the best performance by any woman at the race.
Patrick’s overall form declined during 2010, but she still managed two second-places at oval tracks before stepping away from IndyCar after the 2011 season to focus on stock car racing full-time.
Patrick began racing stock cars in 2010 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series) with her best result coming in the form of a fourth-place finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011. She placed a career-high tenth in the 2012 season standings and was the second woman to clinch a pole position in the Nationwide Series since Shawna Robinson in 1994.
Patrick started in the Sprint Cup Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) in 2012. She became the first woman to win a Cup Series pole position by setting the fastest qualifying lap for the 2013 Daytona 500, finishing eighth. Patrick bested Janet Guthrie’s record for the most top-ten finishes by a woman in the Sprint Cup Series in 2015.
She announced her intention to step away from full-time racing after the 2017 season but competed at the 2018 Daytona 500 and the 2018 Indianapolis 500 before officially retiring.