Hurt Like Tom Brady?
There's a great article in the Washington Post about how Tom Brady has been a laughing stock of NFL trainers and others who think that yoga and mindfulness are the stuff of ... well, other than football. Albeit with a little help from the Falcons, Tom Brady just proved otherwise. At 39 he just played maybe the best game of his life. How did he get to this new training/regenerative means of managing his post game discomfort and his recovery?
He had one seriously crap experience with traditional medicine very early in his career and BAM! he was off in search of something different.
He didn't like what he got as a consumer when he went for his medical treatment so he went elsewhere. WHY DON'T THE REST OF US?
HIS ABUNDANCE OF MONEY IS NOT A REASON FOR YOUR LACK OF ENERGETIC INVESTIGATION ON THE TOPIC SO DON'T YOU DARE SAY "CUZ I DON'T HAVE HIS MONEY."
Where there is a will there is a way. I have spoken before in the "Get Some Balls" post about using Amazon reviews as a decent crowd-sourced information portal. That is FREE. So are blogs. So are podcasts.
Tom Brady has managed to create (with help) a regimen that allows him to perform at his peak. Unless you have to perform just like him, you can probably heavily reduce the expense with some time, effort and imagination.
1. Tom Brady eats no dairy, white sugar or white flour among other things.
Getting rid of dairy, white sugar, white flour and processed foods is something I am adhering to currently. BUT ONLY RECENTLY. My diet has been garbage. I have been spending so much time on the road that my routine got pulverized and my discipline caved.
I've been dealing with increased inflammation, fatigue and a bunch of other diet related blowback as a result. AND MY DISCOMFORT HAS BEEN TRENDING UPWARD in spite of all of my other efforts.
I've told you a bunch of times--I'm literally doing this in real time with you. I'm so imperfect it's stupid but I'm still here and I'm still at it. Lesson learned.
Two weeks in and I feel about 85% improved. No drugs, no side effects.
2. Tom Brady does meditation (probably a basic or modified mindfulness practice) and yoga.
That man has to have some serious hurt put on his brain and body...for years...and he's still playing better than his competition.
ANYONE WITH YOUTUBE NEEDS TO SHUT UP ABOUT HOW EXPENSIVE IT GETS TO DO ALL OF THIS BECAUSE I DID THIS SHIT IN MY HOUSE FOR A FULL YEAR...FOR FREE.
3. Tom Brady does resistance band training not CrossFit.
I'm not going to diss on Crossfit because if I didn't have a potentially severed spinal chord hanging over my head I'd be doing that shit daily...BUT it is probably the most unsafe gym culture I could possibly join at this phase of my recovery. A RECENT INJURY CONVINCED ME TO SLOW MY ROLL and my daily fist bump routine.
I plan on taking my own medicine and researching and ripping off every bit of that resistance band workout I can implement...on the cheap.
Doing these three basic things doesn't have to cost a fortune. It just takes work on MY PART and a sincere desire to heal MORE THAN A DESIRE TO BE LAZY.
I don't think that diet, exercise and brain training are that revolutionary but then again I had to pretty much be 320lbs and pretty close to dead to find my way to my new way of life...so you're entitled to your journey and opinions on the below.
CHRONIC DISCOMFORT WILL REMIND YOU DAILY, HOURLY, OR CONSTANTLY THAT THE CHOICE TO DO THE WORK IS YOURS BUT THE CHOICE OF CONSEQUENCES FOR BEING A LAZY BRAT IS NOT.
I was driven to my knees before I was driven to this way of life. I hope it finds you much earlier and easier.
There are a million reasons why people don't value their health and performance like Tom Brady does his, but I won't dive down that rabbit hole at this point.
Suffice to say that if we all value ourselves, or if we are ready to do the work because not doing it is KILLING US then we can each and every one of us wind up doing PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THING AS A ROCKSTAR NFL LEGEND QUARTERBACK LIKE TOM BRADY to manage our discomfort.
I'm seriously going now to look up resistance band training and the name of Tom's trainer to see what I can glean...RIGHT BESIDE YOU ALL THE WAY!
Thanks again for reading.