Treat Yourself to a Healthy Off-season
What does a professional football player do in the off-season? They probably just do fun things all the time and live that high life, right?
No, not really. While they may capitalize on more time available to them for things like travel or family, they spend a good amount of their time training for the next season. They hit the weights and the track, so they can stay in shape for when their time to shine comes around again.
You may not think a golfer needs to weight train, and perhaps not as much as a professional football player does, but a golfer who wants to keep their strength and power up should also be visiting the gym. As the saying goes: “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” And as you age, you lose it faster.
Just Hear Those “Bells” Ringing
It’s best to build a training program for yourself so you can properly track your progress. This also helps to figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. Some great weights to work with are barbells, dumbells, and kettlebells, along with bands and chains.
Commonly, injury or persistent pain among golfers is predominant in the lower back. This is because people tend to forego holding the weight in their abdominal region, where they should, in favor of the lumbar spine. Now, yes, it’s more work to use your core when golfing – that’s why most build a habit to not do that. However, your lumbar spine is not made to hold the weight and move the way a golfer does in the set-up and follow-through of a swing. Hence, pain or even injury.
A good training program can help break these bad habits. In your off-season, focus harder on building up that core strength. Stronger arms will also help the control of your golf club.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Let your abs do the work, not your spine. It wasn’t made to do that, so try your best to make a schedule that includes a training program in your off-season. Northern states don’t even have open courses in the late fall to spring. All that time spent teeing off in the summer can be replaced with a workout plan that will have you back and better than ever when summer rolls around once again.
Pain Management, Sport