On February 1, 2017, an article in the NY Times was published about the benefits of stretching and how it would be part of the “Next Fitness Fad.” We loved how many of our Athletes were coming into the Athletic Room for their Stretch/Mobility session having already read the article.
Stretching Exercises Are In as the Next Fitness Fad – Read the full article here
That article was written before Tom Brady, and the New England Patriots, made their historic comeback to win Super Bowl 51 on February 5, 2017. Following that win, Tom Brady was interviewed for The Monday Morning Quarterback and shed some light on how he takes care of his body, as a 39-year-old, and how he stays competitive in a “young man’s” sport.
Tom Brady opens up: ‘I’m not going to give away my power’ – Read the full article here
In the interview, Brady shares his different approach towards fitness, health and performance. Parts of this approach can be applied both on the field or in the corporate world. Brady’s health-infused program incorporates short-term and long-term goals with a focus on muscle pliability so he can stay active long after his playing days are done.
His wellness plan includes six main groups:
When looking at Brady’s methods to make his body as efficient as possible, I’m reminded of R.I.C.E.S. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, & Stretching.) A simple concept, but still very effective in developing durable physical health and avoiding injury. Three out of six categories in his wellness plan are devoted to body maintenance: Treatment, Recovery & Rest.
In the NFL, I had access to almost everything out there to help repair my body, improve my performance and feel better. As I transitioned to a corporate setting, I realized I still needed the same modalities for my body to feel great despite trading in my cleats for a desk. These systems are effective, and work, but can be difficult to find in one convenient place. As a father of four, I needed quick and easy access to what my body needs while managing my crazy work/family/exercise schedule.
My hope is that the Athletic Room can be that place for you. Our professional staff have spent the majority of their careers working with high level athletes, and are now here exclusively to assist you and your body maintenance needs.
The key I tell everyone is to listen to their body. When your body is whispering at you, there are a number of options available to feel better, faster. Once your body begins yelling at you, there are fewer choices other than the doctor’s office.