Getting Back into the Swing of Things: Exercise Tips from Golf.com
With even more snow in the forecast, it’s hard to believe Spring is less than a week away. It’s even harder to believe that golf season is almost here.
Did you hear that? Golf season is just around the corner!
That being said, right now is the perfect time to start prepping for the upcoming season. Golf is a physically demanding sport that requires the perfect balance of explosive power and delicate precision.
Getting in shape now is the best way to ensure a stronger game and fewer injuries come golf season. So what are you waiting for?
Golfers Workouts from Golf.comGolf.com has outlined some key exercises to help you get back into great shape for the upcoming season:
- Cardio Training can help you lose weight and improve your endurance levels. To get the best results, you should be engaged in an activity, like jogging or bicycling, that raises your heart rate to a level where you’re working, but can still talk (also known as your Target Heart Rate Zone). Frequency: 30 minutes of cardio, 3 times per week.
- Abdominal Crunches are key to building a stronger core and posture. Begin by tightening your abdominal muscles. Then slowly lift your upper body just enough to create tension. Avoid arching your back. Frequency: 3 sets of 20, 3 times per week.
- Lying Arm and Leg Lifts will improve flexibility and strengthen your lower back. To begin, lie on your stomach. Then slowly raise your left arm and right leg off the floor. Switch sides and repeat the pattern. Frequency: 3 sets of 20, 3 times per week.
- Rotator Cuff Exercises will improve your golf swing and decrease the likelihood of injury. To perform these correctly, you should begin with your arms at your sides, thumbs pointed downward. Then slowly raise 3lb weights shoulder-high at a 30-degree angle. Then turn your thumbs up to open your shoulders and repeat. Frequency: To get the best results, you should perform 3 sets of 10, 3 times per week.
- Single-Leg Mini-Squats will strengthen your lower body and improve balance. To begin, place one foot onto a step or phone book, while your other foot remains in the air. Keeping your core tight, squat down until your free foot touches the floor. Return to the upright position and repeat with the other leg. Frequency: 3 sets of 10 (on each leg), 3 times per week.