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How does Tom Brady do it? He’s arguably the best quarterback of all time, he’s already won six Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, and he’s not showing any signs of slowing down at the ripe old age of 42.
So what can we learn from this ageless wonder who still dominates the rough-and-tumble National Football League at an age when most players have hung up their cleats for good? Brady says that his strict health and wellness regime is the reason why he’s still flourishing.
Let’s take a look at Brady’s game-day routine and see if we can take some cues from this elite athlete.
On game day, Brady usually wakes up at 6 am drinks 20 ounces of water with electrolytes. He then drinks a smoothie high in fat and protein that has bananas, blueberries, nuts, seeds, and plant-based protein.
Next is 2 hours of digestion before he starts a 40-minute training routine using resistance bands. Brady’s program trainer Alex Guerrero says the focus is on speed: “You can’t do weighted squats one day and then the next expect to be fast and nimble in the other direction.” He drinks more water with electrolytes during this training session.
After his morning workout, Brady has another shake with protein powder and almond milk. Brady’s lunch consists of 80% vegetables and 20% protein, typically fish. He said he doesn’t like to eat much meat before a game. For the rest of the day before a game, Brady eats small snacks like almonds, cashews, and energy squares from TB12 Sports.
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For dinner, he’ll chow down on plant-based foods and sometimes he likes to have a steaming cup of bone broth. After the big game, Brady enjoys another recovery shake.
Did you get some good tips? Now go forth and conquer!