I need to lose weight.
If I am going to break 90 consistently, dropping pounds and improving strength and stamina are definitely necessities. Otherwise, my golf game will be so inconsistent it will become unpredictable.
I started a regular fitness regimen a few years ago and it has been beneficial. I walk. I run and jog. I play hoops. I lift weights. I hit up the cardio classes at 24 Hour Fitness on the weekends. And I need to keep losing weight and building up my strength and stamina.
It helps with my overall health and wellness.
It also helps with my golf game.
Some time back, I found it difficult to walk a par 3 18-hole course. Heck, I could hardly handle a 9-hole with over 6 clubs in my bag at that time. It was all about a cart or no deal.
Nowadays I can walk that 18 hole par 3 course. I prefer mornings myself. There is something about that fresh cut grass smell in the air and the frost coming off the greens to make them slightly slick in the right (and wrong) places. It also serves as a major step count boost, especially if you get 18 holes out of the way early in the day.
My fitness level improves my ability to have a strong game.
Consider the following items to fix your fitness for the fairway:
- Nutrition: Check out your diet; what you take in day by day, meal after meal. Track meals and manage your diet based on your weight and other health goals.
- Exercise: Get moving daily. Get those step in day after day. Join a run club or a fitness center. Walk at the local park. Just get up and get motivated to get moving. The heaviest thing you lift should not be your golf bag.
- Rest: I used to not give this any credit, sleeping 4 to 5 hours per night and wondering why my immune system would shut down on me every so often. Duh!! I average 6.5 to 7 hours now. I even cut off my snacking after 9 PM due to how it disrupted my sleep. Like the commercial says: never underestimate a good night’s rest.
- Stress Reduction: If you do not reduce your stress level soon, you will create a load of problems for yourself further down the road. Stress disrupts your entire system. Major and chronic illness is called disease. In other words, your body system is NOT at ease. From blood pressure and heart disease to anxiety and panic attacks, stress is a killer. At the least, stress can kill a great foursome and a good round of golf. Just ask your playing partners.
Make the most of your opportunities to stay fit. Fix what you need to fix to get fit for the fairway. It will show on your scorecard. Your body will definitely thank you for it.