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Danica Patrick Is a Strong and Lean Driving Machine


You might not think of race-car driving as an athletic sport, but it takes a lot of strength to control a 1,500-pound car going 200 miles an hour for five hours at a time. Because Danica Patrick is the smallest Indy driver in the game at 5'2'' and 105 pounds, she has to train hard to stay ahead of the bulkier pack. It's tough to tell what Danica's body looks like under her racing suit, but her bikini appearance on the June issue of Shape shows off her toned physique.

In order to build up the strength she needs during racing season from April to September, Danica does exercises for her shoulders, forearms, and back, and she runs for an hour each day. Like any other athlete, Danica eats for her sport and says, "I worry about the scale like anyone else, but I have to make it through five-hour races. It’s a constant battle for me." To learn what she likes to eat for breakfast and lunch, read more.

Danica's diet revolves around high protein and complex carbohydrates. According to Shape, for breakfast she usually eats a three-egg-white omelet and homemade oatmeal with cinnamon, flax meal, brown sugar, and a scoop of peanut butter on the side. Her typical lunch is an open-face turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato, mustard, and an occasional slice of cheese.

Visit Shape to find out how Danica and her husband turn their kitchen into a healthy playground.

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