Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Power Walking - How To Improve Your Golf Game With One Simple Exercise

Do you have a spring in your step while playing a round of golf or do you feel completely exhausted by the 15th hole?

Sometimes you may feel out of breath just walking to your next shot. Hours of sitting at computers, driving to work and then watching TV at home, all lead to being less physically fit, posture-related aches and pains and a general feeling of sluggishness. Then you get to the golf course and wonder why you simply just don't have the energy to complete a nice round of golf. Golf is no different than any other sport.

You need to be physcially fit to perform at your best. This is even more important if your a recreational golfer since you really don't have time to practice. One of the most natural forms of exercise is walking. Walking is an aerobic exercise that will not only increase your cardiovascular strength, but is good for the bones and improves your posture as well. I would like to introduce you to power walking and list some of the benefits it has on your golf game.

Power Walking This is a form of aerobic exercise consisting of rapid walking accompanied by vigorous, controlled swinging of the arms. Simply put, it is an exaggerated walking style that has more health benefits than just a casual stroll. You want to get your power walking speed up to 4.0 to 4.5 mph for optimal calorie burning.

However, if you are just starting out you may want to go at a slower pace and gradually pick up the pace over a few weeks time. Power Walking Benefits

1. Cardiovascular fitness is improved thus giving you more endurance to complete a full round of golf, not to mention reducing the risk of coronary disease and strokes.

2. Mental well-being is improved resulting in a reduction in anxiety, stress and tension allowing you to relax and focus on the golf course.

3. Muscles are toned and strengthened allowing you to better handle the physical demands of the golf swing.

4. Helps to reduce body fat and manage your body weight therefore improving your golf physic.

5. Boosts energy so you don't tire as easily going form shot to shot.

The above are just a few of the physical and mental benefits to be gained from power walking for golf. It is a low cost form of exercise. No special clothes or equipment are necessary except a good pair of walking shoes.

Although any form of walking is beneficial, power walking is extremely helpful with golf performance, both mentally and physically. So grab your walking shoes and power walk yourself to a better golf game! As always consult your doctor before starting your power walking program.

About The Author
Richard Syner is a physical therapist who enjoys helping people reach their health and fitness goals. Find out how you can have access to his FREE Fitness Mini-courses by visiting today!


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aliah said...

I think one of the most basic thing you should know when you are looking to improve your game is that you need to practice on the regular bases and i like the points that you made, did get good information.
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