Why isn’t old age affecting Tom Brady like it’s affecting Peyton Manning?

Is it just because Peyton is 2 years older or just his injury? They’re both terrible at running so why’s only Peyton’s game going down?

I read a really interesting article about how Tom Brady uses nutrition, training, and a healthy lifestyle to “age backwards.”

As far as the comparison to Peyton Manning, I don’t know much about the details of their careers, so I can’t compare the two on that basis.

I also don’t know anything about Manning’s lifestyle, but after reading the article, I did learn why Tom Brady seems to get better with age.

In short, he follows a diet, training program, and lifestyle designed to improve performance and health at the same time.

Diet:

Tom Brady follows an extremely strict diet consisting of mostly raw vegetables designed to reduce inflammation.

He eats about 80% alkaline and 20% acidic foods. His consumption of meat is seasonal and he only includes high-quality lean meats like grass fed steak, chicken, and wild salmon in his diet.

His diet is about as clean as it can be. His personal chef claims “Brady never consumes sugar, white flour, dairy, MSG, coffee or caffeine from any other source, and no alcohol.” He abstains from traditional desserts, even when on vacation. Apparently, his sole indulgence is avocado ice cream.

Training:

Brady uses an unconventional training method that involves minimal weight lifting.

I always thought that lifting weights would be the pillar of every NFL player’s strength training routine, without exception. But in this article, I learned that Brady focuses more on resistance bands, stretching, and yoga to keep his muscles longer and more flexible instead of “short and stiff.”

This enables him to “throw thousands of footballs and not worry.”

Lifestyle:

Brady places a premium on sleep for good reason. He goes to bed at 8:30 to 9pm every night.

I sometimes hear about younger NFL players involved in late-night partying and debauchery. I’m willing to bet that none of them will ever be as successful as Tom Brady.

His regimen also includes meeting with a neuropsychologist and “religiously” following a brain strengthening program.

This not only helps protect him from brain injury, which of course is critical in his sport, but also improves his on-field reaction time and visibility, which likely declines with age for most people.

Brady isn’t religious, but he does practice spirituality in the form of yoga, and emotional stability through acceptance and not taking things personally.

These are philosophies he picked up from a book called The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz, which also demonstrates an active focus on self-improvement.

I’m not much of a football fan, but this article was fascinating to me.

I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning how to optimize athletic performance and overall health simultaneously.

Whether you like Tom Brady or not, we can all learn a few lessons from how he uses a healthy lifestyle as a vehicle to get better with age.


First published on Quora.

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