Take your best shot

By Nathalie Lambert

Spécialiste de la mise en forme et médaillée olympique en patinage de vitesse. Directrice des programmes sportifs et communications pour le Club Sportif MAA.

Although we are not sure what we will be able to do or not this summer, it’s a safe bet that you can definitely have some fun on the golf course.

A study from Finland showed a significant increase of fitness levels in sedentary men who played golf and walked the course for 2 to 3 times a week after a 20-week period.

Several factors were taken into consideration, including weight, height, body fat percentage, cholesterol level and VO2 Max (maximum duration on a treadmill). Participants showed a remarkable improvement in all areas.

There is no better time than this year to discover the magnificent golf courses of Quebec.

Here are a couple of simple tips to make your game more effective for your health:

  1. Walk the course. You’ll need to leave your golf cart behind for this one! However, if you’re inclined to rent a cart, alternate driving with your partner until you can progressively walk the entire golf course.
  2. Carry your bag. Instead of using the pull-cart for transporting your golf bag, carry the load on your back part of the way until you can gradually complete the course. Use a dual strap on your bag so that the weight is distributed evenly on both shoulders.

An excellent quick way of losing weight:

If your goal is to lose weight, avoid snack breaks for beer and chips. Water is your best bet as it helps to prevent dehydration. You can burn between 100 to 200 calories per hour with the added load of carrying your golf bag and plus 100-200 calories it takes to walk, results in easily burning more than 1,000 calories playing 18-holes!

For a perfect swing and to avoid injuries:

As we slowly transition from this restrictive winter, you can prepare yourself by doing some specific physical conditioning at home. Target exercises for your core muscles, including the obliques which will be heavily used while you swing, with the abdominals and back. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of our expert trainers for a complete routine to prepare for your season. You will be more powerful on your shots and thus avoid injuries.

Get into the groove this summer and enjoy yourself on the green!

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