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Emma McKeon in Workout Gear is a "Dog Person"

“You all know I’m a dog person!”

Emma McKeon is a very successful swimmer. She has won eleven medals at the Olympics. She also holds eight world records. McKeon is also a UNICEF Ambassador, and shared a post on Instagram for the organization in February. In it, McKeon held a dog while wearing workout clothes. She captioned the post, "You all know I'm a dog person!" How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Emma McKeon stays in shape and the photos that prove they work.


She Eats Healthy

McKeon makes sure to eat a healthy diet. She talked about this in an interview with The Carousel. "I always like to choose the healthy options, with lots of veggies and some protein in every meal. For breakfast, I usually have Weet-Bix or two eggs on toast. Lunch is usually a salad sandwich or sometimes some left over dinner. After training at night, dinner tends to be something quick and easy to cook such as stir-fry, pasta, or a steak and salad."


She Takes Care Of Her Skin

Since McKeon spends so much time in the pool, she needs to take care of her skin. She shared her secrets with The Carousel. "Being in the chlorine for four hours every day definitely makes my skin and hair very dry! So I try to do the best job I can at cleaning and restoring hydration to my skin and hair. I use Olay moisturiser on my face every day after training and before bed. I also ensure I cleanse my face after a swim and again before bed to remove any excess chlorine."


She Takes Care Of Her Hair


In addition to needing to take care of her skin, McKeon also has to take care of her hair. She shared her haircare secrets with The Carousel. "To avoid my hair becoming too damaged I have to rinse it straight away after every session to get the chlorine out, then again before bed. I find leave in conditioner helps a lot to restore moisture to my hair. Staying hydrated is also key, so I drink plenty of water throughout the day."


She Does Time Trials

McKeon shared her training schedule with Women's Health. She says that she likes to do time trials. "We're back in the pool by 3:20pm and swim for two hours. The afternoon is always the main set, so it's a harder session. We did time trial-type stuff and high-lactate kinda work today. I like doing this sort of training because it's more based on the race. So, for my 200m freestyle, I'm practising the pace that I'll do in the race, trying to hit the time for each lap."


She's Relaxed

McKeon opened up about how she approaches competition in an interview with Swimming World Magazine. "I'm a lot more relaxed going into big meets, not overthinking things too much," she said. "I always hit a point in taper where I'm feeling pretty crappy in the water, and now, I expect that and I know that's part of it, so I just kind of accept that, don't really think too much about it. I get nervous in the build-up, but I'm more excited to get it started and just get the week going."

Anna Bechtel
Anna Bechtel is a freelance writer currently based in Hamden, CT. Read more
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