Staying physically fit is important to life in general. It is something I identified early in my life and have adopted an active lifestyle to enjoy what comes my way. It has served me well and I as approach 60, I know it will be important in my ‘gold years’. However, over the past five years, I have also come to realize that my physical training routine needs to focus on the activities I want to do most to ensure I can participate at the level want moving forward. In this case, golf is the sport I focus on most and as such do try to train to improve my game. However, this is not always the case for most players.
See what I mean:
Very few people have golf focused training. I guess, many people have routines focus on overall fitness and not one specific sport like golf. Currently, I fall into that category as I continue to recover from my treatments. However, in January I plan to narrow my focus to address three specific areas:
- Flexibility. I cannot fully swing the club without being flexible. As a senior player this fact is more obvious each year. Therefore, I need to focus on my flexibility; specifically in my shoulder and trunk rotation.
- Strength. This is important for general living, however on the golf course even more so. In one round I will swing a golf club over 100 times (including practice swings), climbing many hills, lifting my golf bag 200 times, walk on uneven ground, and rake sand. There takes a certain amount to strength to perform these activities without injury. Strength training is important and sometimes overlooked.
- Endurance. 4 hours of activity is tiring. It does not matter what I am doing, but to play golf for 4 hours (walking) takes a great amount of energy. So I need to build my endurance so I have enough energy to make that last 5 foot putt for my 1 under par. If I am huffing and puffing because of lack of endurance, there is a very good chance I will walk off the 18th hole even par or worse. Endurance is very important.
For now, I work on all these areas but in a general manner. Keeping active by snow shoeing and shovelling snow are part of my training routine. However, so is walking and some strength training. I figure that after the holidays, I will be able to physically handle more focused training and will share my program then.
In the meantime, I plan to stay active, it really does make a difference.
I am a grateful golfer. See you on the links.