Staying Flex Fit in the off season

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Sticking to your fitness routine is often more difficult when your schedule is thrown off by holiday parties and a few extra pieces of dessert. 

Here are a few tips to help you stay on track with your new golf fitness program:

  1. Get a checkup. Meet with your healthcare provider to see whether you'll need to consider any special modifications before starting an exercise program
  2. Start slowly, Rome wasn’t built in a day. The good news is that the body responds very quickly to the slightest amount of flexibility conditioning.
  3. Set specific short and long-term goals. Begin by meeting with your PGA professional to determine your golf goals. Perhaps you need more distance, better posture or more core strength. Determine your short term goals such as greater flexibility, more strength or better balance. A long term goal maybe to alleviate a specific swing flaw – all your goals can be obtained through our DVD programs.
  4. Adherence over duration – Fifteen minutes, four days a week will reap greater rewards than two hours on a Sunday. Be realistic about your time. Set your self up for success!
  5. Varying your workouts keeps you engaged. Target specific parts of the body during each work-out – lower body, core, cardio one day, upper body and core the next. Always warm-up before your workout and before golf.
  6. Make a date, get a buddy, create a support system. Surround yourself with people who support you in your fitness program and get a workout buddy. If you have “an appointment” to workout with a friend, you are more likely to show up and support each other in your program.
  7. Reward yourself - Once you've reached your goal, treat yourself to something that reminds you what a good job you've done and encourages you to continue. Make it something that supports you, body, mind and spirit.  (A new driver or pair of golf shoes always works for me!)
  8. Reach out for support – Feel free to send me your questions. I am here to support you.  Katherine@KRFlexFit.com
  9. Have fun!

Your may get a mulligan on the first tee, but your body doesn’t get a mulligan!

Editor's Note: Katherine Roberts, founder of www.KRFlexFit.com and www.YogaForGolfers.com has over 20 years of experience in golf specific fitness training, yoga studies, professional coaching and motivation. Katherine welcomes your email questions and comments, contact her at Katherine@KRFlexFit.com