Golf Stretching Exercises: Tips to Keeping Yourself
Fit So That You Can Play
You buy the finest clubs, custom sized to fit your frame and
swing style. You have an Italian leather golf bag, and
always wear the latest golf fashions. Every holiday, birthday
and other gift giving occasion is a time for your family to buy
you some golf related accessory or doodad, but what about
the most important part of your golf game? Of course, that is
your own body. The best clubs, tees and clothes will do you
no good at all if you are not healthy enough to pick your golf
bag up and get out the door.
No matter what kind of golfer you are, from beginner to
advance, you must be physically fit to play. Of course, that
is true no matter what sport you play. Golf can be a major
danger to your shoulders, hips and lower back if you are
improperly conditioned. Make sure that you are physically
ready to head out for the course, and consider sticking to
nine holes of golf until you are stronger and in better shape.
So, what exercises should you perform to not only keep you
healthy and strong, but to help with your golf game as well?
Keep in mind the main muscle groups worked during a round of golf and that will give you a
basic idea. Also plan to do exercises to build your stamina/endurance, as well as to strengthen
your cardiovascular system as well. You are already well aware that there is a lot of walking
involved in a golf game- so start there. Make sure that you are logging time either on the
treadmill or better yet, in the fresh air of nature. Aim to work yourself up to at least five miles per
walking session, but build slowly. If you can handle a five-mile walk with relative ease, then
either add distance, hills or speed to the walk. Keeping your heart strong is very important.
Strength training is important as well, not only to keep your weight down, (muscle has a higher
metabolism than fat) but also to protect the body parts that you use during your golf game. You
know that you use your shoulder and other upper body muscles during your swing, but your
core and leg muscles come into play as well. Do not focus just on your upper body; you need to
work every muscle group in your body to keep yourself in good golfing condition. Do not
automatically assume that you need to need to heft super
heavy weights to properly work your muscle groups, some
of the smaller working muscles can become nicely
conditioned with lower weights, lifted at higher reps.
Along with cardio and strength work, you must make sure
to work your abdominal muscles as well. Your core gives
you balance and stabilization during your stance, your
swing and your follow through. A strong, well-toned core
will also protect your lower back from injury.
Finally, consider adding stretching and flexibility exercises
to your golf fitness routine. Stretching will warm your
muscles up before golfing, and can be used to release
any tension and built up lactic acid in your muscles after
your round is complete. Flexible muscles are less prone to
overstretching and injury and will also help with stability
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