It is a wonder that Tom Brady is playing at the top of his game today, and claims he has never felt better or in greater shape as a 40 year-old! He feels stronger and fitter, while playing with significantly less pain and stiffness in his forties than he did when he was 25.
His secret? His dedicated focus to his health. He has a strict regimental approach to his health that is suitable for anyone. And in fact, whether you are an NFL quarterback or an armchair quarterback, a weekend warrior in the beer league or the parent that drives your kids everywhere for their sports, anyone and everyone can can take his lead and make quality health changes with Tom Brady’s habits. We grabbed the top 3 things he does from his latest book, the TB Method, and break it down here for you to use:
Tom Brady believes that pliability is the missing leg to performance and training. Everything he does, begins with pliability. He dedicates himself everyday to keeping mobile, lengthening and softening his muscles before and after physical activity. He believes, as do we, that every athlete (we are all athletes!) need to find the right balance between strength, conditioning and pliability. This may change depending on your age and sport.
We can attest that the number one factor for anyone’s individual health and sustainability is mobility, which is essentially the same as pliability. As TB explains, pliability (mobility) is more than just reducing stiffness and soreness from training, or reducing injuries due to poor movement or inability to absorb impacts.
It’s most profound effect, he says, is that it reconnects your brain and body, it educates your muscles to stay primed and ready no matter what you are going to ask them to do. We couldn’t agree more! There are countless ways and methods to keep your body mobile and pliable, and we would be happy to help you with setting up your own routine to do so!
Tom Brady follows a strict diet, and it’s one that makes sense. Most importantly, his diet isn’t just for athletic performance, but for health. He is totally focused on reducing the inflammatory components of the modern day diet. That means cutting out all processed foods. Nothing that was made in a factory and packaged, with additives and chemicals to alter its shelf-life, taste or appearance. He sticks to whole foods. This can be done by simply sticking to the perimeter of the grocery store when shopping. Avoid the middle isles filled with all the processed foods. And get involved in a local CSA or community supported farm. The taste and quality is enormous, and the cost is very similar when compared to factory produced food (think about cutting out the middle man, marketing and shipping costs).
Tom Brady also strictly limits his sugar intake, as that is the most potent inflammatory food available. Sugar’s effect on our insulin and hormones makes it a strong inflammatory instigator. That means every little bump and niggle can become quite inflamed and problematic. Does that sound familiar?
How many of us are over 35 years, and wake up with some stiffness, swollen joints, unidentified aches? Check your sugar intake, as no doubt it is affecting your background inflammation.
3. Sleep and recovery
Sleep is the most important health influencer besides nutrition. Tom Brady prides himself on his sleep regimen. Sleep and recovery can be a game changer, for anyone. When your body is rested, it clears inflammation, restores brain balance, regulates cortisol, growth hormones and so much more. The vast majority need 8-9 hours of quality sleep.
His top advice? Dark cool room, no electronics before bed, he doesn’t drink coffee (I can’t do that!) Don’t work-out or eat too much right before bed. Set up a routine, go to bed and wake up at the same time (Tom Brady, multi-multi millionaire, has the means to do whatever he wants, married to a super-model, goes to bed at 8:30 every night!)