Anderson, who is an official Dakine Team Rider, describes herself as a free spirit. “I think being a free spirit just means enjoying life to its fullest every day,” she says. In order to achieve that mindset, there are a handful of practices she aims to incorporate into her everyday training routine. Here, Anderson shares some of how she gets into “sport mode.”
Create a Consistent Morning Routine
Self-care is really important to me, especially in between events or getting ready for a big contest. In the morning I tongue scrape, dry brush, and shower to clear my energy. In the winter when it’s really dry I’ll do oil treatments; I have a Shirodhara oil that’s supposed to help your mental state and keep you grounded. Usually I’ll oil-up, maybe even put a bit of frankincense doTERRA on it, or maybe if I feel like I need something a bit more invigorating I’ll do a lemon or grapefruit oil. I have a German Shepherd who loves to go on hikes so I’ll also usually take her on a walk. Walking and getting outside first thing in the morning is a great way to do a meditative flow without having to sit still.
“Meadow-tate”—Meditation, in Nature
In the off season I love to mountain bike, hike, and surf. Up here in Tahoe I live by a meadow and do what I call “meadow-tating,” just kind of going out and watching the birds and trying to feel grounded. When I’m feeling really stuck or stagnant, I get myself outside without my phone or any distractions. It’s the number one place for me to get present. I do love to snowboard on my time off. Even if it’s just to go up, get fresh air, and listen to music, I find snowboarding to be one of my favorite things on the planet. I’ll usually use my wire-free headphones, use my Dakine essentials, and head out with friends, my fiancé, or even my dad. Sometimes when I’m training I’ll usually zone out and hot lap by myself.
Pursue Functional Training
This past fall I’ve been doing a lot of functional training—it’s a mix of yoga with more strength training, but you don’t need weights or anything. I met this great trainer through professional surfer Coco Ho and professional skateboarder Leticia Bufoni, so we would do some Zoom calls since everyone is all over the place. It’s like spiritually exercising! The trainer always starts off with this saying, “thank you life, thank you sun.” We do a lot of squats, twisting, rotating, push-ups, and more. I’ve been finding that I feel really strong and lean. At times I find using weights to be good—but when I’m going into a season of snowboarding where there’s already so much impact, I really want more elongating and stretching. No equipment necessary! Just my leggings and a t-shirt or sports bra.
We Are What We Eat
I like to keep it whole. I’ve been working with this awesome company Fresh and Lean. It’s a meal delivery program and when I’m on the road they can send fresh food to my location—all organic and free-range meat and such. In the winter I don’t really have a specific diet, I just try to eat what my body needs. I do love to cook when I’m home. I’ll usually do a lot of stir frys, soups in the winter, and really eat seasonally. Before a big event I’ll usually do pasta—something like a bolognese with a ton of veggies. My fiancé hunts so we’ll usually have a lot of venison in the freezer or ground deer, and we’ll try to eat and use that. I think food is medicine, so keeping it whole, organic, and local is key. I learned a lot about Ayurvedic medicine, and I’m more Pitta dominant so usually that means a rice, a bean, and different vegetables. Supplements are also a big part of my diet. I’ve been taking a lot of Chinese herbs, including an immunity tonic.
Prioritize Self-Love—And Community
Just taking a little bit of time every day to love on yourself is important. Beyond getting outside, when I’m stressed or overwhelmed I really love music therapy. I’ve been playing my ukulele a little, and jamming good beats. I usually write a lot, but I’ve been almost too stressed lately to put things into words so I’ve been doing color therapy. I’ll put on an essential oil sometimes to reset my energy. Not being afraid to talk to people you love is also important—you don’t need to act like everything is all rainbows and sunshine. I think everyone is dealing with shit, and learning that it’s not forever and let it pass, and then also learning to get out of your head and get into your heart. Charity work has been a great way for me to get grounded, focus on someone else, and help others. We just did an auction through my charity, the Jamie Anderson Foundation, and raised $10,000, and we’re donating it all to local kids who were affected by the Caldor Fire in Tahoe.