Stretch it out all year round-
For many of us, this is the time where we start to plan our goals for next year and resolve to get fit. But waiting until the first of the year to start a fitness program, then going full blast, lifting heavy weights and doing high impact exercises could lead, not only to loss of interest in the program, if it is too difficult, but the exercises could lead to injury.
The Importance of Flexibility for Golfers
Firstly, if you begin a strength training program without flexibility in your body, the strength training may decrease your range of motion. Your golf game may get worse and you could injure yourself. Stretching out those tight and unbalanced muscles will help you improve how the muscles and joints move creating more fluid motion in your body.
Secondly, by increasing your flexibility you’ll improve your mechanical efficiency and overall functional performance. Because a flexible joint requires less energy to move through a wider range of motion, a flexible body improves overall performance by creating more energy-efficient movements according to ACE studies.
Thirdly, flexibility exercises help, not only decrease pain and stiffness in joints, but also help the body relieve stress and anxiety. The holidays can be stressful in a normal year, let alone in a year with a pandemic. So do yourself a favor and do some stretching every day!
Try to do something everyday to improve your flexibility and loosen tight muscles so that when the end of the month rolls around, your body is ready to handle the demands of a more vigorous fitness regime.