Q&A with Nneka Ogwumike

BE ACTIVE

1. What do you do during the off season to stay in shape and improve your game? During the offseason, I lift weights and do a little extra cardio work as a supplement to my practice hours. I also make sure that I eat very healthy, especially when I'm overseas with all different types of food.

2. How do you motivate yourself to work out and what do you do to keep your workouts from getting boring? Getting up to workout everyday can be tough, but I'm motivated to stay in shape, stay healthy, and have fun doing physical activity. Things can get repetitive and monotonous, so I might play a few fun games and competitions with my sisters or friends. It's always more fun working out with someone else, especially if you push each other to get better.

3. What type of exercises do you do to help build your endurance? Well, I would rather condition than lift weights, so I always do some extra bike or elliptical workouts to build my endurance. Since I don't really like heavy lifting, I do a lot of exercises with medicine balls, bosu balls, kettle bells, and the TRX bands that still tone my body and get my heart rate going.

EAT HEALTHY

1. What do you eat for breakfast to get you going for the day? Every morning, I start with a glass of lemon water and a banana. I don't like eating too much in the morning, especially if I have morning practice or workouts, so I have some yogurt and fruit and maybe some oatmeal. If not, after my morning workout I have eggs and oatmeal with a glass of milk.

2. What is your favorite pre-game meal? How do you recharge after a tough workout? My pre-game meals change from time to time, but I usually like some steamed rice, vegetables and chicken. After a tough workout, I try my best to drink some chocolate milk and eat pretty much any type of food, with a healthy twist of course!

PLAY TOGETHER

1. What types of activities did you use to do with your family to stay healthy when you were a kid? I grew up in a very active family, so we were, and still are, always running around doing things. My mom always had us eating healthy, so a lot of times instead of dessert we would rather eat fruits. My three sisters and I always played outside together. We all were gymnasts and eventually got into soccer, volleyball, and of course, basketball.

2. When you were growing up, what were some of your favorite activities that you did with your friends? I was quite a hyperactive kid so I loved riding my bike, roller-blading, going to the park, and swimming. My friends, sisters, and I always stuck together, so we did whatever we could at any time we were able to.