Dwyane Wade Shares New Ways He 'Challenges' His Mind and Body After Retirement: 'I Love Hot Yoga' (Exclusive)

The retired NBA star says hot yoga is "a whole different challenge mentally for me, as well as physically"

<p>Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty</p> Dwyane Wade

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Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade has a new hobby that keeps his mind and body engaged after retiring from the NBA.

Wade, 42, tells PEOPLE, "I think in retirement, I've become a better student of my mind and body," while discussing his continued partnership with Thorne, a science-driven wellness company that the former NBA star says has changed the way he thinks about fitness and nutrition.

In August, Wade shared with PEOPLE that he struggles with "mental fog" at times. Now, six months later, Wade says he's "learning how to handle" the issue through challenging his mind and body in new ways.

"It's really been a learning experience for me. When I was playing the game of basketball, I pushed through it. I would say the mental fog comes with taking care of your mind, and I try to do that from the standpoint of working out and persisting with my workouts."

His new favorite way to keep his mind and body sharp? "Hot yoga," says Wade. "That is a whole different challenge mentally for me, as well as physically. But the mental challenge of being in 100 plus degree [heat]...we're really in there training."

<p>Courtesy of Thorne</p> Dwyane Wade for Thorne

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Dwyane Wade for Thorne

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Wade says he was surprised by the mental and physical demands of practicing hot yoga, which he first explored because of a friend's recommendation. The former Miami Heat star says he's found similarities to his competitive basketball days.

"It was 75 minutes I was not prepared for," he says. "My mind was trying to think about everything on the outside of that door, to escape, and I was like, oh, this is a familiar thought. This is a familiar place for me to be."

Wade explains, "As an athlete, your mind tries to escape you all the time. As people in general, our mind is always escaping to the least path of resistance."

<p>Courtesy of Thorne</p> Dwyane Wade plays basketball at home with his son

Courtesy of Thorne

Dwyane Wade plays basketball at home with his son

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And when he's practicing hot yoga, Wade says, "It's a mental challenge to be in there, and I mentally have to be so locked in, and it's hard to be locked in at 6:30 in the morning, and doing all those things. I was like, oh, I'm looking for this challenge. So that's what got me into it, was the challenge of the mental mind trying to escape, and it's something I want to be consistent about."

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Wade also likes to be consistent in the products he uses from Thorne, with his favorite being the Daily Greens.

"I don't really eat a lot of greens on my own, you've got to force me," Wade admits. "Understanding what that gives me, I need that. I need focus."

The father-of-five and current Oscar nominee says he also looks for way to stay energized so he can keep up with his demanding schedule. "I need energy. I need these things to help me with everything I'm trying to give and get out to the world."

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