Amanda Beard On De-stressing, Following Your Passion, And #Wellth

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I’ve spent the past year thinking a lot about “wellth” — the idea that success is found in a lifestyle devoted to mental, physical, and emotional health. (I even wrote a book about it.) In this series, we’re celebrating visionaries who embody what it means to be wellthy. 

Amanda Beard is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist (two gold, four silver, one bronze). She broke a world record in the 200-meter breaststroke.

mbg: Favorite healthy place to eat?

AH: At home! When out, any farm-to-table restaurant.

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What's your favorite way/place to escape to get some nature?

Paddle boarding!

What's your favorite way to break a sweat?

Playing baseball with my kids.

How do you de-stress/practice self-care?

We take a lot of family walks and hikes. It does wonders for the family to de-stress.

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If you could go back in time and give advice to yourself when you were competing at the Olympics, what would it be?

Really take advantage of meeting all the people you can. We get stuck in our swimming bubble. Would have loved to have met more athletes!

What does wellth mean to you?

My kids being healthy!

Any advice for someone who's looking to build a life that they love and follow their passion?

It's not always the easiest path or most obvious, but it's by far the best way to live life.

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