If you are working to improve your balance and coordination, Congratulations! Research tells us that falls are the leading cause of injuries in adults over the age of 65. I can agree with this 100% based on many years experience in working with this population. Furthermore, the fear of falling can actually cause people to fall. I have witnessed this as well. Yet, there are so many ways to improve balance in and out of the gym. Using balls, balance boards, rocking boards, a bosu are all great, but you do not need any equipment at all! Talk to a trainer about a program, but practicing standing on one leg, or doing some exercises barefoot are two great ways to work on your balance and prevent falls. Many yoga poses are designed to improve balance as well. I encourage you to consult with a qualified fitness professional before deciding on a balance routine, just as you would with any new physical regimen.
Although my golf clients have seen great results with their golf conditioning, I still sense a bit of caution among many golfers when it comes to their workouts. What are you guys afraid of? All of the top golf pros are training in the gym with golf-specific exercises. The results are usually seen within weeks during your golf game. Whether you need to improve stability, mobility, balance or your mental game, a golf fitness routine is beneficial. I highly suggest a TPI-based assessment. You will not regret putting the time and energy into this, as it will pay off in your game almost immediately!
If you are trying to control your weight or lose weight, should you skip meals? NO!! And that goes especially for breakfast! Not only do we need this meal for energy, but breakfast also jump-starts our metabolism for the day and helps to get us on the right track for successful choices later. I always encourage my clients to eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day to maintain sugar and energy levels and stabilize their mood. If we allow ourselves to become famished, we may lose all control and eat whatever we can find quickly, and chances are this won't be something healthy! So remember to eat a healthy breakfast every morning, and you set yourself up for success.
Most of my clients need to improve their balance, core strength, and alignment. All of these issues can be addressed with functional exercises. Although the machines are useful for strength gains, I suggest using a variety of tools instead if you are trying to make functional gains. Medicine balls, TRX straps, stability balls, the bosu, rocking boards, foam rollers...the list goes on and on. There are many ways to change up the routine and have some fun during your workouts if you are trying to gain functional strength.
Tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis... I have so many clients with the "itis" issues. I talk to people every day who are suffering from these and other inflammatory conditions. Although we do what we can during the workouts to maintain range of motion and functionality, I also believe that some people can actually improve these conditions with a modified diet. There is now a lot of information available about an anti-inflammatory diet. I believe that if we were to make even 3 basic dietary changes, we could improve our bodies ability to control inflammation. 3 helpful ideas are listed below:
1) Increase your omega fish oils and foods high in this product (such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, olive oils, nuts, avocodo, etc).
2) Add fruits and vegetables which are strong antioxidants and therefore helpful in strengthening our immune system.
3) Reduce the amount of dairy in your diet (which may actually lead to inflammation in our bodies).
Consulting a dietician is always a great way to get started as well.
Before starting your golf warmup, it's important to think about what you are trying to achieve. When I warm my clients up for golf, it is to prepare their body for the game physically, to reduce the likelihood of injury, to provide mental clarity amd improve concentration. There is an effective way to do all of this in less than ten minutes! I recommend golf-specific movements such as linear and lateral leg swings, partial upper body rotations and shoulder/lat stretches. If you are unsure how to go about your golf warmup, I suggest you hire a TPI certified golf-fitness instructor to show you how.
Are you well on your way to reaching your new year's resolutions? We are past the 6 week mark, which means you should be seeing some definite results by now with your fitness-related goals. Otherwise you might want to take some time to re-evaluate your plan and make some changes. By telling someone your goals, you have already greatly improved your chance for success! Don't hesitate to hire a trainer if you're unsure how to get where you want to be with your fitness goals! This will save you a lot of time because you will probably do your workouts more efficiently and more consistently.
I've had so many clients ask me how to get ripped, strong abs. Truth is, most of your success defining your abs comes from your nutritional intake... I would say about 80%. Yes, we need to work our abs to develop strength and muscle tone, but also doing some hard cardio to burn the fat, and eating healthy, lean meals is key. I suggest lean proteins, fruits and green leafy vegetables, unsalted nuts, and plenty of water. Also, hitting the weights 3 times a week to boost your metabolism, which burns fat around the clock is essential.
If you are 10 days in and feeling discouraged with your progress towards your New Year's Goal (fitness related or not), remember that it's not going to be easy, but it will definitely be worth it!
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