The kinder you are to your body, the more it will cooperate with you. Think of your body like a Ferrari: you have to use high-octane fuel in it. Balanced eating that includes real food, such as fruits and veggies, is critical, and drinking plenty of water, eating adequate protein, and getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep daily. Because your liver filters and cleans your blood, it is necessary to keep it healthy by detoxing daily. All it takes is drinking the juice of a whole lemon in 8 ounces of water every morning. Remember that exercise is necessary for men’s health, so remind your wife that your hobby of playing sports is an investment in your health.
Especially if you are approaching 40 years of age or older, you may want to consider having your hormones checked. It’s like a basketball game. Six of the players are men, and the other six are testosterone, DHEA, growth hormone, insulin, thyroid, and cortisol. The doctor’s job is to get the players to play well together. The doctor will often use blood tests and your symptoms to determine which hormones need to be elevated. He also needs to determine where the star player is. Half of the time, the adrenals are burned out from a stressful lifestyle. Strengthening the adrenals makes it easier to balance the other hormones.
HAVE LOTS OF FUN
Do what kids do…have fun in whatever you are doing in your life—working, studying, or playing sports with your family or friends. The biggest obstacle in people’s health today is stress. Learning to destress is a challenge. Yes, we need to detoxify, eat right, and exercise, but getting your emotional and mental state under control could be the most important measure you can take. Playing a sport could be just the answer.
MAINTAIN A POSITIVE ATTITUDE.
Attitude is everything. Pick a good one. Your attitude is your point of view, how you see things. Is yours worrisome? Or is it full of good outcomes? Sports, like life itself, prefer a happy camper, one who likes where he is and is enthusiastic about participating fully in what’s to come.
FOCUS ON WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD
Express love to people. Love your wife, your kids, your dog. I love the Lakers. If you need a refresher course, listen to the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.” Then do what kids do all the time…imagine. Imagine being absolutely healthy every day of your life. Imagine living to 100 with energy.
Love is the greatest connector in all things, even in sports. So to love the ball is essential. Make it your very best friend. When you love the ball, it’s easy to feel good.
Feeling good is the greatest support you can have on your side. Happiness is a particular energy that feeds your body, mind, and spirit and puts you in harmony. You can’t play better sports than when you, your motions, and your emotions are in harmony.
HONOR YOUR OPPONENT
Your opponent is a significant person to your game. Without an opponent, you would not be able to play. The stronger your opponent is, the more your game is strengthened. The trickier your opponent is, the more versatile your game can become. Value your opponent’s abilities and use them to develop yours. Be generous when it comes to calls and disputes. A little kindness goes a long way to maintaining a harmonious atmosphere.
By Dr. Patti Felici