My good friend Dr. Shawn Dill recently released a podcast to his membership about Spring Training and how it relates to a business, and it got me thinking about how Spring Training also relates to our health. (Dr. Dill's membership site, www.blackdiamondclub.com, is a phenomenal resource if you are in ANY business and want to gain great insights and tools to grow - check it out if this interests you.)
If you follow baseball at all, you probably know this is the time of year know as "spring training". It is when the most elite baseball players from around the world join their teams to go over the fundamentals of their sport. It doesn't matter if it is the MVP or a guy just trying to catch on with a team. EVERYONE in spring training goes through the SAME basic drills.
Why? Why would Miguel Cabrerra and Justin Verlander, guaranteed Hall-of-Famers, be subjected to the same basic drills they have performed since childhood?
Because sports, like life and health, is all about mastering the fundamentals.
In baseball, the fundamentals are hitting, defense, base-running and knowing what to do in every situation.
What about life and health? Are their fundamentals that the healthiest people practice on a regular basis? I am certain that there are.
So what are some of these basic fundamentals, you might be asking? It is my opinion that some of the most important fundamentals of a healthy life are:
- Nutrition - making conscious decisions to eat the right foods for your body
- Proper rest - getting enough sleep, remembering that everyone is different - and sleeping on a good mattress
- Hydration - drinking half your weight in ounces
- Positive attitude - making it a daily habit to pray, meditate, spend quiet time with God so you can connect with Him
- Chiropractic care on a regular basis - if your nervous system is not 100% connected to every part of your body, it is impossible to fully benefit from the above 4 fundamentals
You could almost equate chiropractic with the tools a baseball player uses. The perfect swing with a lousy bat won't be as effective. Perfect speed and fielding technique will do you no good if you have a hole in your glove. Running the bases perfectly won't work if you are wearing sandals.
Chiropractic is the same thing. It helps you get more benefit from all the things you are doing to get healthier. Conversely, if you are doing NOTHING to build your health, there's a chance that chiropractic care can help limit the damage, to a certain extent, your unhealthy lifestyle is causing.
So you could say that Spring Training is a great time to see how you are doing with the fundamentals of life and health. You should be working on ALL of the above fundamentals to make sure you are getting healthier and being proactive about your health. When you're sick is not the time to worry about the fundamentals. When you are in last place in the standings is not the time to practice baseball fundamentals. The time is NOW.
And by the way, the Detroit Tigers will win the World Series this year. Just remember you heard it from me first. Go Tigers!