Whether you are a fan of Tom Brady or not, I think we can all agree that he’s doing something right with his health!
Age is just a number to Brady, but how is he still playing in the NFL?!
Here are 6 principles Brady says he follows personally to stay active, sharp and healthy:
- Support Your Cognitive Health
This is number one because Brady makes it a top priority. He claims to begin each day with morning affirmations! One way you can practice this habit is to say three things out loud that you are grateful for every morning. A simple routine to start the day with a positive mindset!
- Drink Plenty of Water
Stay hydrated! Your hydration level varies upon your size and exercise routine – Brady reportedly drinks upwards of two gallons a day! You may want to aim for consuming .5 to 1.0 ounces of water per kilogram of your body weight. (Divide your weight by 2.2 to get your weight in kilograms.)
- Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is how your mind and your body reset. Brady has said he can immediately feel a difference in his throw when he gets behind on sleep.
- Avoid Foods that Cause Inflammation
One way Brady avoids inflammatory foods is by staying away from any products that come in a cardboard box or have a long shelf life! He stays away from sugar and white flour, focusing instead on whole foods.
- Practice Resistance Training to Avoid Muscle Atrophy
A sedentary lifestyle and age affect our muscles. Not training our muscles lets them slowly start to regress. Not surprising, Brady is strict with his workouts! If you practice resistance training using resistance bands, HIIT, free weights, weight machines, or medicine balls between two and three times per week you can add three pounds of muscle in just three months.
- Do Daily Pliability Work
Tom Brady is a huge proponent of pliability training, which works to make muscles long, soft, and resilient. Brady gets pliable muscles through deep tissue manipulation or myofascial release. Foam rolling is one effective way to practice myofascial release. Using foam rollers daily helps Brady recover from a hard hit, move faster, and get up after an occasional sack. Outside of the football world, practicing myofascial release can help keep our muscles loose and balanced while staying strong with a healthy range of motion!
These tips are simple and show there are no magic tricks to keeping your health a top priority. Tom Brady’s principles can be implemented anytime, anywhere! Whether you are training for a marathon, working on your golf swing, your tennis swing, or just being the best parent or grandparent you can be, a healthy mindset and a consistent healthy lifestyle are key!
By HealthEase fitness professional Jessika Miller