Fit Feature: Laingsburg’s Daniel Morrill

Daniel Morrill, 42, of Laingsburg, knows a thing or two about an athlete’s mind. Morrill teaches psychology and history at Laingsburg High School and owns a mental training consulting business for athletes, teams, and coaches.

“The mental training business uses principles of sports psychology to try to help athletes and coaches enjoy a more optimal experience with their respective sport,” he said.

Morrill said he’s coached and taught for 20 years and knows the value of a strong mindset.

“I believe that training the brain is as important as training the body,” he said.” In fact, some of the advantages of training the body are mental. If we feel that we have worked harder physically than our competition then we have a mental advantage.”

Morrill said he feels better when he works out, especially when it is with his two 15-year-old twin sons.

“I feel better emotionally when my body feels better physically,” he said. “As a person that spends most of my days in “organized chaos,” working out is an opportunity to just think and use my body. I also love the extra time with my twin sons and I look forward to the time when my two younger kids are old enough to go with me as well.”

He said his love of fitness, and the mental challenges that come with it, have kept him sharp.

“I think the amount of effort I put into working out pays off tenfold. I have more energy for my family, the kids at school and projects around the house,” he said. “I believe that having a strong mental edge means that you are able to put your energy into the processes of the sport, or activity, and not the outcomes. You are able to focus on the controllable aspects only. You might imagine how much I would have hated basketball as a young man if I were only focused on playing time and points since I didn’t get much of either. I think finding purpose and autonomy in the working out process is integral to having a strong mental advantage.”

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