Freedomroo – Olympian Stephanie Rice does some stretching exercises in Brisbane

Barefoot: Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice was seen getting a burst of endorphins with some light exercise in her hometown of Brisbane on Thursday

She recently shared her struggles with mental health after retiring from swimming in a heartbreaking video.

And on Thursday, Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice was seen getting a burst of endorphins with some light exercise in her hometown of Brisbane.

The 33-year-old showed off her muscular legs in a pair of tiny black shorts teamed with a white tank top.

Barefoot: Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice was seen getting a burst of endorphins with some light exercise in her hometown of Brisbane on Thursday

She appeared makeup free and tossed her brunette tresses up in a neat and tidy top knot.

The Gold Medallist was joined on the stroll by her adorable pet dog. 

During the walk, Stephanie showed off her impressive flexibility from swimming as she stretched out her arms above her head.

Flex: During the walk, Stephanie showed off her impressive flexibility from swimming as she stretched out her arms above her head

Flex: During the walk, Stephanie showed off her impressive flexibility from swimming as she stretched out her arms above her head

Memories: She also revealed her tattoos - the Olympic rings along with Beijing and London, a nod to the two Games she competed in 2008 and 2012, respectively

Memories: She also revealed her tattoos – the Olympic rings along with Beijing and London, a nod to the two Games she competed in 2008 and 2012, respectively 

She also revealed her tattoos – the Olympic rings along with Beijing and London, a nod to the two Games she competed in 2008 and 2012, respectively.   

At one point, the former elite athlete was busy checking her Apple watch for notifications and headed home as after something appeared to catch her eye. 

Earlier this month, Stephanie revealed her mental health struggles to fans in an emotionally charged video on Instagram.

Fit as a fiddle: The 33-year-old showed off her muscular legs in a pair of tiny black shorts teamed with a white tank top

Fit as a fiddle: The 33-year-old showed off her muscular legs in a pair of tiny black shorts teamed with a white tank top

Fit as a fiddle: The 33-year-old showed off her muscular legs in a pair of tiny black shorts teamed with a white tank top 

Got to go! At one point, the former elite athlete was busy checking her Apple watch for notifications and headed home as after something appeared to catch her eye

Got to go! At one point, the former elite athlete was busy checking her Apple watch for notifications and headed home as after something appeared to catch her eye

She wiped away tears as she confessed to feeling ‘lost, depressed and irrelevant’ after stepping away from the swimming in 2014.

‘Watching the Olympics will always probably be tough emotionally for me, because it brings back so many strong emotions, both good and bad,’ she wrote in the caption. 

She explained that many elite athletes suffer from mental health issues, particularly after they ‘transition’ into retirement.

Emotional: Earlier this month, Stephanie revealed her mental health struggle to fans in a video on Instagram. She wrote in the caption: 'Watching the Olympics will always probably be tough emotionally for me, because it brings back so many strong emotions, both good and bad'

Emotional: Earlier this month, Stephanie revealed her mental health struggle to fans in a video on Instagram. She wrote in the caption: ‘Watching the Olympics will always probably be tough emotionally for me, because it brings back so many strong emotions, both good and bad’

‘For me, transitioning was f**king hard… and still is at times. After swimming, I felt lost, depressed, irrelevant and as though I had achieved the pinnacle of my life at 24 and everything moving forward would be far less exciting and special,’ she said.

But Stephanie revealed she was in a much better headspace now after doing lots of ‘work’ on herself.

‘Honestly, now, after doing so much “work” on myself, I truly am so, so happy and content. I love my life and the people in it,’ she added.

Support: Australian freestyle skier Lydia Lassila, who won gold at the Winter Olympics, wrote: 'Sending big hugs, mate. As humans we're not just one thing'

Support: Australian freestyle skier Lydia Lassila, who won gold at the Winter Olympics, wrote: ‘Sending big hugs, mate. As humans we’re not just one thing’

Kindness: 'It's tough,' wrote Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne, while retired silver-medal sprinter Sally Pearson added: 'It's so, so hard!'

Kindness: ‘It’s tough,’ wrote Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne, while retired silver-medal sprinter Sally Pearson added: ‘It’s so, so hard!’ 

‘But watching the Olympics reminds me of the person I was back then and it’s still hard not to feel sadness that that part of me is gone and isn’t coming back… and that’s what the tears are for.’

Stephanie received an outpouring of support from friends and fellow athletes. including Winter Olympics gold medallist Lydia Lassila, who wrote: ‘Sending big hugs, mate. We can be many things as we evolve through life.’

‘It’s tough,’ wrote Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne, while retired silver-medal sprinter Sally Pearson added: ‘It’s so, so hard!’ 

'You are not alone, Steph': The likes of retired sports stars Michael Clarke and Tim Cahill chimed also in

‘You are not alone, Steph’: The likes of retired sports stars Michael Clarke and Tim Cahill chimed also in

Life after swimming: 'For me, transitioning was f**king hard… and still is at times. After swimming, I felt lost, depressed, irrelevant and as though I had achieved the pinnacle of my life at 24 and everything moving forward would be far less exciting and special,' she wrote

Life after swimming: ‘For me, transitioning was f**king hard… and still is at times. After swimming, I felt lost, depressed, irrelevant and as though I had achieved the pinnacle of my life at 24 and everything moving forward would be far less exciting and special,’ she wrote

The champion swimmer also received messages of support from retired cricketer Michael Clarke and former Socceroo Tim Cahill.

Stephanie announced her retirement from swimming in April 2014, after undergoing three career-ending shoulder surgeries.

‘I definitely feel like I’m losing a part of myself but I’m really excited about what’s to come,’ she said at the time. 

Tough: Stephanie announced her retirement from swimming in April 2014, after undergoing three career-ending shoulder surgeries. 'I feel like I'm losing a part of myself but I'm really excited about what's to come,' she said at the time. Pictured at the 2012 London Olympics

Tough: Stephanie announced her retirement from swimming in April 2014, after undergoing three career-ending shoulder surgeries. ‘I feel like I’m losing a part of myself but I’m really excited about what’s to come,’ she said at the time. Pictured at the 2012 London Olympics

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