Rob Gronkowski officially isn't returning to the New England Patriots this season.

The retired NFL tight end is still a fitness freak, though. So, how does a 6-foot-6 physical specimen start his days knowing he's not playing football at the highest level?

Gronkowski shared his morning routine Wednesday during an interview with "The TJ Show" on 103.3 AMP Radio -- and it couldn't be more on-brand.

"I love getting my day going by moving my body," Gronkowski said. "I actually have a trampoline -- they call it a ‘Rebounder,' the mini trampoline, you know what I am talking about? 

" ... The first thing I do is a couple of stretches to get my hips moving a bit, and then I just jump up and down sometimes just to get my blood moving."

What better way for a fun-loving man-child to start his day than by jumping on a trampoline?

The former Patriot actually cut back on traditional weight-lifting while he was still playing, adopting quarterback Tom Brady's "TB12 Method" to focus on pliability through resistance band exercises and stretching.

Gronkowski still does those workouts, but now that he doesn't have to maintain a playing weight, he's also dabbling in more relaxing forms of exercise.

"When I don’t do my workouts or any type of movement, what I also love is to just go for a walk in nature to start my day," he said. "I have a couple little different techniques, like either jump on the trampoline, (do) jumping jacks, go for a walk in nature or go right into my workout.

 

"Depending on the day and depending on what I have, you just feel so much better. You feel so much more motivated, and I feel like your mind is so much more clear when you do get that movement in the morning."

Gronk does seem to have a clear mind in retirement; he's keeping himself busy with jobs as a CBD spokesman, NFL on FOX analyst and CBS game show host.

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