"I think for all of us, the last six months have been different than usual," Tom Brady tells PEOPLE while opening up about the new edition of his and Alex Guerrero's The TB12 Method

By Charlotte Triggs and Lindsay Kimble
July 28, 2020 09:03 AM
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As many Americans continue to stay at home due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, maintaining gym regimens and dining routines has become more difficult. But being stuck inside doesn't mean healthy habits should fall by the wayside, NFL quarterback Tom Brady and body coach and TB12 co-founder Alex Guerrero tell PEOPLE.

"I think that the concepts of pliability at home are really important because so many people are either sitting for hours, they're working from home, they're not able to get out and be super active," Guerrero says while the pair discuss the new paperback edition of their bestselling book The TB12 Method: How to Do what You Love, Better and for Longer, out on Tuesday.

The updated book — which follows Brady's approach to all-around health, as well as key facets of performance and recovery — includes new recipes and new client testimonials, among other things.

"The new recipes in the book, I think are going to be something that people are going to be excited about — even for those that had the first version of the book, because it's all brand new recipes in there that I think will be fun and tasty for people to try," Guerrero says, also noting that the book's workouts are easily adaptable from the gym to the living room.

The recipes can be modified to fit individual needs, and include things like roasted wild salmon and spiced cauliflower, and chunky guacamole and sweet potato toast.

"I think as I've gotten older, I've understood that everything you put in your body really matters," Brady, 42, tells PEOPLE. "It doesn't have to be 100 percent perfect. I think all of us, we do the best we can do, but for me, it is my job, so I try to focus on it and make it a priority because there is a direct correlation for me with how I can still [perform at the highest level] ... I'm going to be 43 this year."

He continues, "So that in and of itself, in a contact sport, has a lot of unique challenges and I've got to give myself the best opportunity to succeed as possible because I'm kind of in unchartered territory."

And Brady says of the "things that I can control," preparing his body is top of the list.

Brady's dedication to his diet may seem intimidating, but Guerrero says anyone can make the transition to a healthy lifestyle.

"It's here a little and there a little," the body coach explains. "And pretty soon, that becomes habit and they begin to feel really good about what they're doing. " Guerrero advises readers to "start simple and easy," with the book as their guide.

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This year has of course been one of change, but even more so for Brady who left his NFL team of two decades — the New England Patriots — to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I think for all of us, the last six months have been different than usual," he says. "So for our family, really acclimating to a new part of the country and then for all of us, that's been a little change."

Brady — who has three children: John Edward, 12, Benjamin, 10, and Vivan, 7 — continues, "Then for me trying to get to know my teammates, understand what I'm doing in a different city, where I'm driving to and so forth. That's all been a bit of a new experience."

He admits that "it's going to be a big challenge going forward." But, Brady says, "I think that time at home has been really great for me and my career. It has been good for our family just to share all the meals together. So it's a challenging time for everybody but I think there're some positives to take out of it as well."

And while he's obviously excited for the start of the football season, Brady right now is focused on providing his and Guerrero's tools of success to readers.

"I think the whole idea of our business started with trying to provide great information and tools for people to reach their highest potential," he tells PEOPLE. "I'm trying to do that in my career. I think it's one thing to talk about it, but it's another thing to do it. I think I enjoy so much playing football and I have for a long time; so for other people in their life to do what they love to do, I'd love to be able to provide them the tools necessary for that, too."

"So it's all very authentic and I think that's been the best part about it. It's stuff that I really enjoy doing and I'm going to continue to do for as long as I love it."

The new paperback edition of The TB12 Method: How to Do what You Love, Better and for Longer is available now.