What we can all learn from foul shots in basketball

Last night, as I was watching the NBA Finals, I realized we can all learn from basketball players, and how they get ready for foul shots.

When basketball players get fouled, they take foul shots. Every basketball player whether they are pro, collegiate, high school, middle school or even elementary level (if they are any good) has a foul shot routine.

Here are some examples: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mttHlV1WjMk&NR=1

Every time a player is at the foul line they do their routine before each shot.

Stay with me here…

So, what if before we ate, we did a little pre eating routine? Say, for example, a deep breath.

In basketball, usually it’s a deep breath and a combination of a certain number of dribbles and/or spins. Some players touch their face, others point, and some even blow a kiss.

The point is to slowww down. To regain some composure and to forget about the last play no matter how good or bad it was. The goal is to focus on the task at hand: making the foul shot(s).

In our case, we want to focus only on the meal or snack in front of us – no matter how good or bad the last one was – and to eat as mindfully as possible.

What if our routine was always making sure we had a glass of water to the right of our plate, a fork and knife and a napkin? Some players also say something to themselves – whether it’s a mantra or an affirmation.

What if you said a little something to yourself? How about “I love MyBodyTutor! I love MyBodyTutor!”? I kid. I kid.

But really, what if you said something?

How about, “I will eat this food slowly and I will appreciate each and every bite,” or, “Am I really hungry, or am I eating to change the way I feel?” or, “Will this food make me feel and look good after I eat it?”

The point is to slow down. If we create a routine like this, it’ll help a lot. That’s also why I suggest we eat only while sitting down.

We want to be consistent with our routine too…just like a basketball player is with his foul shot routine. A consistent routine will lead to a consistent performance, which in our case, will lead to slower and more mindful eating.

Next time you eat, pretend you’re at the foul line.

What’s your routine going to be?

P.S. I realize some of you may already have a pre eating routine in which you say thanks or give blessings for your food. Even better! Could you do it for every meal?


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