Aaron Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, was recently interviewed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. It was a fascinating interview where he spoke about the changes he recently made in his diet and his lifestyle.
A couple years ago, Rodgers stated that when his contract was up in 2019, he might retire at the age of 36. After making changes to his diet and lifestyle over the last couple years, he feels he can play well into his 40s.
What did he change?
- He increased his average night’s sleep from 6.5 hours to 7.5-8 hours.
- He started practicing hot yoga.
- He cut out most coffee and caffeine.
- He changed his diet to be healthier, following the 80-20 rule, meaning he eats healthy 80% of the time.
- Additionally, he drinks much more water than he used to.
- Lastly, he started incorporating Earthing into his routine, which is defined as “connecting to the Earth’s natural, negative surface charge by being barefoot outside or in bare skin contact with conducive systems indoors while you sleep, relax or work.”
What stood out most was the fact that this person, who has devoted his life to being an elite athlete and spends his days working out and training to be stronger, faster and better, realized it wasn’t enough for achieving optimal performance. It wasn’t until he decided to change his lifestyle and become healthy that he became a better athlete and feels so good that he feels he can keep playing years beyond when he thought he could.
All too often, we tend to focus on practice, strength and conditioning. Those things are important, but if you don’t look at your overall health, you are significantly limiting your potential. Even elite athletes can’t ignore the benefits of improving your overall health.
If you can optimize the internal aspects of your health, it will make you better at your sport and make training hours much more efficient and productive.
Here at Momentum Sports Therapy, we believe that proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are at the core of performing your best, whether you are a professional athlete or not.
If you would like to know more about how we can help, please give us a call at 949-916-9742 to set up a free consultation.