Get fighting fit for spring
A season on the brink of the couch watching football and basketball can offer a welcome break from golf. But odds are that your upcoming golf season will be injury-prone.
"In winter you should follow the same exercise regimen you do the rest of the year," says Paul Schueren, clinical director for Physiotherapy Associates and the PGA Tour. That regimen should focus on three elements: cardiovascular training, strength and flexibility. Golfers should pay special attention to the shoulders and upper back. "A golf swing can damage your rotator cuff," says Schueren. "Not isolating the rotator cuff in exercises to prepare it for golf's demands leads to many upper back injuries."
Schueren's low-intensity workout will have you ready for the thaw.
Crunches and Lifts Abdominal crunches are like your golf swing you need to concentrate on form. Tighten your abdominals before beginning the crunch and lift your upper body only high enough to create tension, being careful not to arch your back.
Arm and leg lifts: Lie on your stomach and raise your left arm and right leg off the floor. Switch sides and repeat.
Abdominal Crunches Frequency: 3 sets of 20, 3 times a week (top)
Arm and Leg Lifts Frequency: 3 sets of 20, 3 times a week