You already know that doing daily flexibility routines can do wonders for your golf swing by making you more flexible so that your swing is more fluid, longer and smoother, but did you also know that flexibility can sharpen your memory too? A sharper memory can lead to better strategic choices on the golf course which could lead to lower scores.
According to new research, doing a daily stretch routine can be as effective, at improving your recall and sharpen your memory, as doing a daily brain-training program. According to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, doing a daily stretch routine can improve your verbal recall, give you more mental energy and help you improve your visual-spiral memory-the type used for navigating directions, all useful on the golf course.
Want to start a golf-fitness program? Don’t know where to start? Start by improving your flexibility. Do exercises that target chronically tight muscles in golfers.
How do you develop flexibility and mobility to improve your golf swing?
The first and foremost component of a golf fitness program is to stretch and balance muscles before you work on developing stability, strength and speed.
Start by incorporating a warm-up routine before your daily workout, practice or round of golf. You want to target muscles, used in the golf swing, that are chronically tight in golfers. For example: shoulders, upper back, hips and low muscles are typically tight in golfers.
Pre-Round Warm Up Routine
- Forward Hip Swings
- Side Hip Swings
- Bicycle Arms
- Cross Crawl
- Core Rotators
- Shoulder Rotators
- Practice Swings
Then spend time stretching and balancing your muscles on a daily basis.Here is a quick and easy routine to help you loosen up and improve your flexibility.
Flexibility Routine for Golfers
- Neck Rotators
- Side Neck Flexion
- Sweetheart Shoulder Stretch
- External Shoulder Rotation
- Internal Shoulder Rotation
- Chest Stretch
- Hip Flexor
- Hamstring Stretch
Some people have good flexibility naturally. For those of us who don’t, flexibility is needed and can be developed, but you have to work at it everyday. Stretching allows the development and maintenance of optimal joint range of motion, so that the golfer can move through the necessary planes of motion.
You may be feeling overwhelmed by all the stretches and information to this point. Don’t worry, it is unrealistic to expect you to do all the stretches described even though many of your would benefit from doing exactly that. My suggestion to you is to choose the stretches that are most difficult for you and do those first. If the exercise is difficult or uncomfortable for you, it means you are tight in that area and you need to loosen up those muscles and joints. If you find the exercise easy, then you are already flexible in that area. You can stretch those areas to maintain your flexibility, but it is not necessary to spend too much time on what you stretching muscles that are already loose.
Always begin with the Cardiogolf pre-round warm-up routine before doing this or any of the exercise routines.
Par Level: 10 minutes – Do routine one time
Birdie Level: 20 minutes – Repeat routine twice
Eagle Level: 30 minutes – Repeat routine three times
Stay On-Course with Your Health and Wellness
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Would you change the way you eat if you knew certain foods could help you play better golf?
Managing your food intake, hydration levels and adding certain nutrients to your diet can not only help you concentrate and focus more on the golf course, but it can also help you keep your heartbeat steady as you make an important shot or putt, help your muscles fire faster for more power, help you fight fatigue so you can play and practice longer and even help you keep your cool after a bad shot. More importantly good nutrition is good for your overall health and well-being.
We all know the importance that fitness, swing mechanics and equipment can have on our golf games, but are you eating the right foods to sustain enough energy throughout your round to play your best golf? The best equipment in the world won’t make a difference if you don’t have energy to get you around the course. We do not hear as much about nutrition for golf, but rest assured that the most elite golfers of the world follow some sort of diet to provide them with the energy-output they need to play their best. While is it not yet the norm for golfers to follow a specialized nutrition program, it will soon become so.
By simply adding a few Zija products into your daily routine and making simple diet modifications, you can dramatically improve your golf game and more importantly your health and well-being.
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