Preparing Your Body For Golf While You Travel
We all know the temptations of traveling… grabbing a slice of pizza while running to your gate at the airport, an elaborate steak dinner with a client, and being so tired at day’s end that all you want to do is fall into bed. Traveling can often create havoc on regular exercise and golf conditioning. Fitness and good nutrition while on the road can help keep you on top of your game. With a bit of planning and creative strategy you can help keep your body ready to hit the golf course.
Tip: Playing with golfers of your level is good for your confidence. When you are new to golf, choose courses that are easy and play with others who are just beginning.
First thoughts about travel, exercise and maintaining good nutrition can be negative for many. Some will think, I don’t have the equipment I usually have, my meals will all be eating out or fast food. Instead of giving up on preparing your body for golf, consider ways to maintain a good portion of your normal fitness and health routine. You’ll be surprised at just how much you can accomplish. Here’s a few tips to help:
Tip: Before you go to play stretch and drink a lot of water, for this reason. Staying in good shape can benefit your golf game directly.
• As you plan your trip be sure to define your fitness goals while you travel. Keep them specific, measurable, realistic and timely. Consider the constraints you’ll have by your travel schedule and logistics.
Tip: Start with a pitching wedge or lofted iron when you’re warming up at the driving range. These clubs help you get in a good groove while giving you great confidence as you work your way toward those more hard-to-hit irons and woods.
• When booking your flights and hotel call ahead or check the internet to find details about exercise facilities. If no facility is available, plan alternate activities like an in-room workout.
• As you pack be sure to include workout gear as space allows.
• If your travel involves time-based appointment, schedule appointment with yourself for your workout. Treat this appointment just as you would any other meeting.
Tip: Repositioning your front foot to fall slightly closer to your ball can help you avoid difficulties with slicing it off the tee box. You will be more likely to balance out your spin that would typically slice the ball by closing your stance.
You’ll be surprised at just how much you can accomplish even in your hotel room. Stretches, and some exercises are easily performed as no equipment is necessary. With fitness awareness soaring, many hotels have first-rate fitness centers with a full variety of equipment and their own fitness staff. For most travelers, the best way to fit exercise into their day is by simply setting the alarm a bit earlier to accommodate time for conditioning. This helps to leave the remainder of the day free for your other scheduled activities.
Tip: Although it may be hard to believe, you can improve your golf skills by playing miniature golf. Practicing putting around obstacles can yield benefits and dividends in your short game.
While exercising regularly is important for your health and golf game, so is how you eat. It is so easy to get off course when you are not at home. Try to pack snacks for the trip and an extra water bottle. Travel can place stress on the body and zap you of your energy. Snack and meal replacement bars are handy for travelers with hectic schedules. While bars are no substitute for real food (i.e., fresh vegetables, fruit, and protein), they’re a certainly a step in the right direction from burgers and fries. As you choose your bars read the label to check calorie, fat, carbohydrate and protein content. All bars are not equal.
With a little planning and determination, continued conditioning during your travel can keep your body ready for the golf course.