Beautiful summer weather makes golfing more tempting than ever. For seniors though, experts advise you don’t rush out onto the course without taking a few extra fitness steps first. Many people think golf isn’t strenuous until they start feeling the soreness from their swings.
If you’d like to keep on par with your game, then as a senior golfer, you must take time to loosen up your muscles and joints first. This will prime you for a day on the course and keep you fit as a fiddle. It will also prevent you from pulling a muscle or injuring yourself, which could ruin your day on the course.
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time on the green and feel great even after you’ve put your golf clubs up for the day.
– Stretch it out
Golf is a sport. Repeat: golf is a sport. In any other sport, you stretch and prepare your muscles, so why should it be any different with golf? The older we get, the more damage we can do by not warming those muscles up. Pro golfers over 50 advise their fellow senior golfers to take the time to stretch before hitting the green.
– Workout off the course
Additionally, it’s worth noting that these same pros also put in time at the gym when they’re off the course, or keep active with jogging, cycling or swimming. Getting cardiovascular exercise helps you go for the long haul. Plus, it’s good for your overall health, not just your golf swing.
– Practice at the range
With everything, practice always makes perfect and that is completely true for golf. As you age, your muscles need more help to loosen up though so taking some time to warm up on the practice range will help your neck, shoulders, hips, and midsection get warmed up.
– Walk as much as possible
Unless you have an injury or the heat is wearing you down, walk as much as possible on the golf course. It helps keeps your muscles loosened up and ready for the game. Use a pushcart for your clubs. They make them with motors so they are easy to take along with you and you’ll get so many more benefits from keeping your blood flowing by walking to each hole.
– Treat your muscles
Don’t forget that all that exercise needs some release too. Scheduling regular massages can help you work out the kinks and keep your muscles ready for anything. You don’t need to pay country club prices or wait around for your appointment. We have professional massage therapists that can come to your home whenever it’s convenient for you.
When it comes to golf, your ace in the hole is taking care of your body this summer so don’t put it off!