Writer: LUKE KERR-DINEEN | Outlet: Golf
Whether you’re stuck somewhere that can truly be classified as a “cold weather state”, or are enjoying yourself down in the south, remarking about how you’ll need a light sweater now for your slightly-chilly winter rounds, a drop in temperature can nevertheless have negative effects your body that can cause injury.
But exercising in cold weather can have a number of health benefits, too, like the lower temperatures keeping your heart from working as hard. That in turn puts less stress on it, and can even help you burn weight easier, as Dr. Adam Tenforde, an assistant professor of sports medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard-affiliated Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, explains to Harvard Health Publishing below:
“In colder temperatures your heart doesn’t have to work as hard, you sweat less, and expend less energy, all of which means you can exercise more efficiently.”
So with staying indoors not an option, the best way tp get the best of all worlds is to simply warm-up your body effectively.
We’ve written in the past about how golfers often make the mistake of “static” stretching — a term used to describe the process of stretching one part of your body while keeping the rest of your body still. If you’re unclear about what static stretching is, think about the traditional hamstring stretch; that’s a static stretch, and while it serves a purpose, stretching like this before you play golf could actually hurt your game.
The key for golfers — especially those playing in cold weather — is “dynamic” stretching. A movement like a lunge, for instance, which gets your heart pumping and sends blood rushing to your muscles.
- 10 arm circles
- 20 arm swings
- 10 high steps
- 10 lunges