How-To: Win a Super Bowl
Posted on Feb 3, 2015
This past Sunday, the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl.
This probably isn’t news to most of you, but what you might not know is quarterback Tom Brady’s secret to success. Brady is naturally gifted athletically, of course, and his dedication to honing is craft is legendary. However, the 37 year-old is only getting better with age, and is planning on being able to continute playing well into his late 40s. How? By tapping into thousands of years of medical knowledge and putting Chinese Medicine at the forefront of his wellness program.
Brady is a dramatic example, to be sure, as most of us are not multi-millionnaire superstar athletes married to superstars and running our own sports therapy clinics. But the logic that drives Brady’s pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and his commitment to Chinese Medicine is still applicable to our own lives. In a profile about Tom Brady written for Sports Illustrated, journalist Greg Bishop explores the athlete’s rigorous training and wellness schedule, which has been designed strategically to keep his body functioning at maximum capacity for many years to come. Brady’s body coach and business partner is a Chinese Medicine practitioner, and the two work together to ensure Brady stays at the top of his game even as he prepares to enter his 40s. Talking about the preventive mindset that Chinese Medicine encompasses, Bishop says:
“From the outset the principles made sense to Brady, who had spent the early part of his career like most athletes. He’d worried about injuries after they happened. He’d focused on rehabilitation as opposed to preventative maintenance. He was, he says, guiding a plane 30,000 feet into the air without having prepared for mechanical trouble.”
For most of us in the modern world, healthcare tends to be about responding to crises. We wait until we’re in pain, until a problematic medical issue has appeared, and then we go to the doctor’s office and do our best to manage the symptoms with targetted drugs or surgery. There is no doubt that Western Medicine is an incredibly valuable system, since surgery and medications have become lifesaving tools when serious issues arise. The problem comes when we begin relying on these tools as a first-response rather than a last-defense. A lack of awareness about our bodies and a reluctance to focus on prevention can lead us into situations where our health is seriously at risk. We are, in effect, driving our cars around without heeding the warning lights on the dash, or even stopping to refuel the gas tank. Brady’s story shows us that we don’t have to live this way. We can choose to optimize our health, making decisions that keep us running strong and managing potential problems before they even manifest. Are you an athlete? Chinese Medicine can help reduce the wear-and-tear that sports can cause on even the healthiest of bodies. Busy corporate professional? Chinese Medicine can balance out the elements of your lifestyle that aren’t as supportive to your overall health (i.e.: frequent travel, high-stress schedule, caffeine intake, etc.). Experiencing menopause, or frequent PMS symptoms? Think of Chinese Medicine as a way to get your hormones back in line so that you can live life without worrying about mood swings or hot flashes. Your life is always changing, and Chinese Medicine can help you to accommodate those changes gracefully.
No matter how you live your life, Chinese Medicine can help ensure that you, like Tom Brady, are operating at maximum capacity. Committing to preventive, holistic healthcare is a simple way to stay at the top of your game, whether on the football field or in the office.
If you’d like to read the original Sports Illustrated article about Tom Brady, you can go to: http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/12/10/tom-brady-new-england-patriots-age-fitness
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