Sunday after dinner and just before the Super Bowl, Carolisa Pomerantz and I went for a walk through the Venice canals. I remember watching the first Super Bowl in 1967 played in far off Los Angeles at the Coliseum. Back then the AFL was the junior circuit as reflected in the final score: The NFL champion Green Bay Packers defeated the AFL champion Kansas City Chiefs by 35Ė10. It took 19 years for my hometown Patriots to play in Super bowl XX in 1986. By then I had moved to Venice. I hosted a neighbor for the game, only to learn as it played out that he was a Chicago native. The more I despaired, the more he gloated as the Chicago Bears won 46Ė10. Iíve seen every Super Bowl in which the Pats played, but Sundayís victory was the sweetest. Down 28-3, the Pats came back to win in overtime 34-28. Tom Brady, has now been the quarterback for the Patriotsí most recent seven Super Bowl appearances, five of them victories, the only wins the Pats have had there.
There are lessons to be gleaned from Bradyís victory. The first is that even when things look the bleakest, donít give up. Execute your game plan, adapting if need be to changing circumstances. One of the most important take aways for those of us who are aging, is that we can fight the ravages of time with diet and exercise. Most athletes start to decline in their late 20s. Brady is 39 and now has the most wins of any quarterback in history and the most Super Bowl victories, so letís look at what he does to stay in shape: According to Sports Illustrated,Brady eats a seasonal diet. In the winter, he eats red meat while the summer he eats more raw food. He consumes 80 percent alkaline foods like sprouted grains, almonds, tofu, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower and 20 percent acidic foods, like coffee, cheese and wheat which he says balances his metabolic system. Brady finds it hard to relax after a game so he does mental exercises to unwind. He goes to sleep by 9 p.m. and wakes without an alarm. He rarely lifts weights, and prefers to use resistance bands, exercising on land, on sand, and in the water. In the offseason, heíll wake, work out, go to the beach, take a nap, surf, and then works out for a second time. Brady avoids drinking alcohol.
Another Boston sports hero, David Ortiz, retired from the Boston Red Sox this year at the age of 40. Despite his advanced age, he went out on top, hitting .315, tying him for fifth in batting average; 38 home runs tying him for eighth; and driving in 127 runs, tying him for first in the American League. Ortiz had the best retirement year statistics in major league history, carrying the Sox from worst to first in the American League East. In 2004 Ortiz helped the Red Sox end their 86-year World Series drought, and was a big factor in two more World Series victories in 2007 and 2013. Heíll be voted into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. He was more overtly spiritual than Brady, pointing skyward when he reached home plate after hitting every home run.
What can we learn from these extraordinary athletes who have managed to reverse aging? The most important is for us not to lose heart. As a 50-year old we wonít have the physical resilience we had when we 25, yet the anti-aging documentary ďReverse Aging NowĒ shows that there is a difference between biological age which we canít change and chronological age which we can through the decisions we make daily about diet and exercise, as well as our social and spiritual lives.
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