It is that time of year again. Yes, it's Opening Day across the country, when America’s favorite past time kicks off its season of bats crackin’ and families cheering.
So as parents, kids, groups of friends and co-workers purchase their tickets and plan their outings, there are some fit tricks we can learn from these elite athletes. While we do not necessarily have all day to train and perfect our bodies for a sport, a few moves can help us improve our health and well being.
First, let’s think about posture and hand/eye coordination.
According to baseballconditioning.com, “Standing correctly is one of the biggest things to get right. You should stand up straight with the body weight being equally distributed on the feet. The feet should be shoulder width apart. When the ball is coming the person should lift up his front foot up a few inches then slide it forward towards the pitcher. The timing has to be just right and your hands should be one on top of the other when swinging the bat.”
Besides hitting and standing, there are other total body conditioning moves that are required for optimal performance.
According to LiveStrong.com, “A baseball player's training program should supply power and explosiveness for hitting, strength for throwing, speed for running, and quickness and agility for playing the field.”
Below are some baseball-inspired workouts you can do at home. These are moves that can help you with upper and lower body strength as well as core conditioning.
Medicine Ball Woodchop
Stand with a ball in your hands, arms extended overhead to the right side. Stand with your feet hip distance apart, left knee slightly bent, left heel off the floor.
Slowly rotate your trunk as you pivot your feet and swing the ball downward. Swing it back up and repeat until set is complete on right side.
Repeat exercise on the other side.
Medicine Ball Squat Press
Start with your feet placed wider than hip distance apart and knees slightly bent. Hold the ball with arms bent in front of your chest.