It happens to all of us, even though we do not want to admit it. The reality is we all get older. Some of you may already know what I am talking about, and others may have yet to experience phenomenon of aging. Those of you who are reading this article and are no longer “spring chickens” get my drift. Even if you are one of lucky ones, still young, let me fill you in on what happens as body gets a few miles on it.
Probably biggest thing that we all dislike when we creep into our thirties and forties is extra poundage (i.e. weight) we tend to put on. (It is also a lot harder to take off when we get older.) Unfortunately, because our metabolism slows down, we are unable to pound down a burger, fries, and a couple of cokes without bathroom scale hitting “tilt” a few days later. In my mind, that probably is most difficult adjustment we have to make: an adjustment in our nutrition intake as we age.
The second most noticeable difference as we age, especially for more active individual, is it becomes a little more difficult to get out of bed. The back is a little sore, knees are a little creaky, and, if you workout, soreness does not go away as quickly. This is a result of a few things that happen to our bodies when we get older. Number one is we lose a percentage of our muscle mass on a yearly basis. After age of 25 (don’t quote me on specifics, but I believe) about 1% of your muscle mass is lost per year. Makes sense now why we get a little sorer and getting out of bed is more difficult. We simply do not have as much muscle to do work.
I could go on and on with depressing facts of aging, but let us look at just one more before moving on. As you get older you become less flexible. It takes you a lot longer to “limber up” for any sporting activity: golf, tennis, or a pick up game of basketball. Less flexibility predisposes you to experience more difficulty with certain movements: touching your toes, rotating during a golf swing, or even reaching down to pick something up off ground. Why does this occur? Our bodies, as a result of wear and tear, become more “tight” and “wound up” as we get older.
So there you have it! Some of great things to look forward to as you get older (kidding of course). So if you’re in your twenties and you’re reading this article, “enjoy it while it lasts,” because road gets a little more difficult to travel as you get older. But, if you’re beyond your twenties, I am sure you can relate to general results of aging in relation to your golf game. Quite simply, extra pounds decrease your stamina (and may affect your swing plane). Less muscle equals less distance off tee, and decreased flexibility tends to make turn in golf swing much harder to perform. An unfortunate situation, but good news is that we can slow down aging process and limit effects of aging on your golf game.
Slowing Down Aging Process for Golf Swing
I have given you a little “carrot of information” that we can slow down aging process. How do we do it? It is actually quite simple and only requires a little time out of each day (15-20 minutes) and a little discipline. Sounds pretty easy when you think of all benefits you stand to gain. What we are going to do is provide you some answers on how to slow down aging process. Remember we can’t stop aging process, but we can sure slow it down. The benefits of slowing down aging process are evident when you see guys in their 50’s winning tour events. It just takes a little time, some knowledge, and discipline. If you are saying, “I don’t have time,” let me ask you one question: How would you like to feel 10 years younger right now and hit ball farther then you did in your twenties? I imagine answer to both of those questions would be a resounding yes!
Let us start with first topic that we described when you get older, additional pounds. Unfortunately, as you age your metabolism slows down. For those of you who are unfamiliar with word metabolism, think of it as your own internal furnace. It is rate at which you burn fuel (food is fuel to human body). When we are younger we tend have faster metabolisms, and as we get older they slow down. (I know it is a bummer.) Well, let me tell you, there are activities to speed that metabolism back up. The way to do it is by performing some fitness activities. If you are active and participate in some type of structured activity your body will burn more fuel and elevate its metabolism during this time. In addition, if these activities are resistance-training activities (i.e. weights, tubing, light dumbbells, body weight), then over time you will build some muscle. The great thing about that is more muscle you have higher your metabolism will be all time (translation: you will burn more fuel all day and night). A secondary benefit of such activities will be greater stamina on course. So rather than “spraying your shots” around on back nine because you’re tired, you can have pinpoint accuracy going into 18th.