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This Is How You Can Burn Calories Just Like An Olympic Athlete

It's been four years since the last Summer Olympics in London.

It was a time when Gabby Douglas took home gold and became America's “it” athlete of 2012, and Michael Phelps took his Olympic medals collection from 18 to 22, before entering retirement at 27.

Now, the Summer Olympics are back, and this time, they're in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

This year's Games are highly anticipated. From the Zika virus scare to Michael Phelps coming out of retirement at 31 to compete for the last time (we'll see), it's going to be a very interesting time.

If, like me, you didn't score a ticket to Brazil for the Games, you'll be watching from the comfort of your home, local bar or phone screen, turning your air conditioner on high to cool yourself down after seeing images of chlorinated water dribbling down Michael Phelps' perfect back muscles.

Though you'll be watching the Olympic Games with admiration (or in my case, lust), you might just spiral into a deep hole of self-pity.

While a 16-year-old gymnast from South Korea scores a perfect 10 on her front handspring step out, roundoff back handspring step out, roundoff back handspring, full twisting layout, you'll be dipping Doritos in hummus and facing the harsh truth of your averageness.

From sprinters to volleyball players, each sport is packed with young, talented athletes from all over the world accomplishing superhuman feats. They're the fittest people most of us have ever seen, which doesn't always boost our self-confidence.

But don't let it get you down, dude.

Instead of wallowing in your soft, doughy body, get up off of your ass and try your hand at some of this summer's most popular Olympic sports.

Remember, it's never too late to try something new.

For more motivation, watch the video above to see how many calories some of these Olympic sports burn off.

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Citations: RIO 2016: MICHAEL PHELPS' LAST CHALLENGE (Olympics)

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Rebecca Jones

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Rebecca earned her degree in Film and TV from UW Madison and has since worked in television production and development.
Rebecca earned her degree in Film and TV from UW Madison and has since worked in television production and development.

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