Treat Yourself to a Healthy Off-season: Enacting the Plan
We know that objectively, going to the gym promotes a healthier lifestyle. People who work out regularly have seen all sorts of benefits including improved mental health amongst being generally more fit. Now, while this is true for most people, how you work out can differ greatly. Some are more motivated later in the day once they’ve gotten their beauty rest, and for some, if they don’t do it in the morning, they don’t do it at all. What you work out of course makes a difference as well. You may picture grueling cardio when someone mentions the gym, but the simple fact is, that cardio doesn’t work for everyone. Most often, even if cardio is a part of your routine, it isn’t the only thing you need. Step One: identify the problem areas.
Take A Look in the Mirror
Or rather, video yourself and take a look that way. Videotaping your golf swing can give tons of useful information in regard to areas you’re overcompensating in and areas that need the work. For example, if you’re experiencing low back pain, it’s very possible you’re overcompensating in your lumbar region to make up for the lack of work in your abdominal region. So, we treat the lower back pain and strengthen your core so you work your abs instead of your lower back. This goes along with identifying your “swing characteristic,” which is discussed in our previous blog, 3 Swing Characteristics That May Be Affecting Your Golf Game.
Next is testing what the problem areas are, or in other words, what you’ll be doing in the video. A few of the tests that target various sites on the body are the pelvic tilt test, seated trunk rotation test, torso rotation test, and pelvic rotation test. We encourage you to watch these videos demonstrating these concepts.
Then, enact the plan. Build a fitness program that includes specialized exercises to improve these problem areas as well as weight training.
Set a Goal, Get Results
Getting to the gym is half the battle. We know many struggle to incorporate fitness into their busy lives; between work, family, social life, and regular human needs, there seems to never be any time. But we promise, making time for what’s important is life-changing.
Start small. Do exercises for fifteen minutes. Move up to a thirty-minute workout. Before you know it, you may decide that you can’t get through your week without three one-hour gym sessions. Everyone is different, but once you find your sweet spot, you will see results and be happier for it.