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NFL Analyst Michael Robinson on Fitness

Super Bowl Champ and former NFL star Michael Robinson knows a thing or two about fitness. The current NFL/BIG Network Analyst is all about being in the best shape of your life, as he recognizes the importance of staying fit on and off the field.

Check out his fitness routine below.

I start my day exercising what I believe to be our most important, valuable muscle, the brain. I take a few minutes to meditate, gather my thoughts and begin each day in a calm and balanced state. With all of life’s craziness, I think it is important to take that time for yourself, plan your day and soak in a few peaceful moments.

If I have time or access to a gym, one of my go-to workouts for my body and mind is hot yoga. Being in a room that is at least 105 degrees and working your body is a difficult but refreshing experience. Since our brain is like a muscle, it needs to be trained and worked out like one and that’s what hot yoga does for me. To be able to concentrate on your body and stay focused in that temperature is challenging. The intense heat also helps to relax my muscles, minimizing the risk for injury and increasing flexibility. Being a fullback in the NFL, I took my fair share of hits and that definitely took a toll on my body and joints. Yoga really helps continue to heal those old injuries, inflammation or other irritations.

The extreme temperatures of hot yoga have so many benefits. Just walking into the room you begin to sweat, and after a 60-minute class, you have successfully sweated out nearly all of the toxins in your body. It is the best way to detox. I leave the gym drenched in sweat every time but I always feel refreshed, cleansed and energized. Hot Yoga is the perfect way to start your day. One very important thing to remember, no matter what type of workout you are doing, but absolutely with hot yoga, is to stay hydrated. You are burning a lot of calories and losing a great deal of fluid, so make sure you are drinking enough water before and after your workouts.

Hot yoga is a complete workout but if you want to add another element, I like to do some additional weight lifting. Since I am constantly on the road, I have to make the most of my time and get my workouts in on the run. Often, that means working out at home or in my hotel room, so I always make sure to have my resistance bands with me. Resistance bands are so versatile and you can work nearly every muscle group. Bands give you the ability to get a full body workout without a gym and little space. Resistance bands are also great if you’re just getting into weight lifting as you can lower your resistance and work your way up to the heavier sets. If I want to intensify my resistance workout I’ll put the shower on hot while I use my bands, creating a sauna-like environment. I am a big fan of heat while working out, it has so many benefits!

One of the simplest parts of your body to work out is your core; it requires zero equipment and simple exercises. I usually do my core before my band workout and I don’t like to complicate it. I stick with basic sit-ups and just increase the repetitions. If I feel like I need to try something else, I’ll use my bands to intensify the workout, but typically I stick with basic sit-ups. Sit-ups done correctly are a great workout for your core and paired with my other exercises, it is all I need for a flat stomach.

Working out is crucial to keeping your mind and body sharp. Not everyone needs to be a professional athlete, but we can all do a little more to have an active, healthy lifestyle.