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Final Four Starts Tonight: Health Lessons From Basketball Players

Posted: 03/31/2012 11:53 am

Final Four Health Lessons

What is it about watching athletes perform at the pinnacle of human fitness that makes us want to sprawl on a couch with beer and nachos? Whatever it is, it continues each spring as the final four college basketball teams close out a month-long NCAA March Madness.

But despite the health pitfalls of parties that revolve around mindless eating in front of a television, there is still an opportunity to learn some important lessons from the athletes on screen. And while we're not going to match any of these young men in athletic prowess or aerobic fitness anytime soon, we can certainly apply what we cull from their sportsmanship and dedication beyond any college stadium.

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Kentucky Wildcats' Anthony Davis passes to teammate Marquis Teague, demonstrating a major tenant of basketball: if you don't pass the ball and try it on your own, you won't win.

That's a good lesson for pretty much every aspect of our lives (work, parenting, the democratic process), but it pertains specifically to health behaviors too: working out with a buddy can be the teamwork we need to reach a fitness goal.

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