Monday, 30 April 2012

Golf Clubs – Warm up Exercises

Being physically fit and warming up your muscles is just as important in golf as in any other sport.

Just because golf has a reputation for being genteel doesn’t mean it isn’t physically exacting. Golfers need to be aware of the benefits of warm-up exercises before a match, particularly for injury prevention from strains or muscle pulls caused by swinging your golf clubs.

Golf is a popular sport with no age limits and the tendency to see players as retired and not necessarily in the peak of physical condition, contributes to the injury risk.

Golfers can commonly suffer sprains and overuse injuries as well as more rarely, acute injuries from falls or being hit by golf balls or golf clubs.
Although professional golfers are more likely to suffer an injury of some sort thanks to the amount of time spent playing the game, amateurs are more susceptible to strains. This is because if you are not in physical shape, than the swing of your golf clubs place greater stress on your muscles and bones.

Warming-up therefore is essential – the hands, wrists, forearms, shoulders, lower back, chest, trunk, hamstrings and groin are all used swinging your golf clubs.

Some useful warm up exercises before you pick up your golf clubs:

  • Arm Circles

Hold your arms outright to your side and start rotating in small circles, gradually increasing the circle. Switch direction every 15 seconds twice.

  • Overhead Extension

This helps to prepare your shoulders – hold one of your golf clubs over your head with your arms extended and feet set apart, lower the club towards your feet and up again. You only need to do this for a few minutes.

  • Overhead side bend

Chose one of your golf clubs and hold it above your head (as above) lean your body to one side and hold briefly until you feel a slight stretch on the opposite side, than switch sides. Do this four or five times.

  • Side Lunge

Once more select one of your golf clubs and hold it behind your neck looking straight ahead. Step out to one side – you should feel a little pull up the inside of your leg. Repeat in the other direction.

If you regularly do warm up exercises before you start your game you can improve your range of motion, achieve a fuller swing and benefit from greater stamina, as well as reducing the prospect of injury. See a physical fitness trainer if you want a more extensive or varied warm-up routine.

Modelling: Tips for Exercising

Some models are fortunate enough to have fantastic bodies that don’t need much training to keep in shape. They’re in the minority however, and to expand your chances of getting modelling work, it’s worth staying fit.

There are many different types of exercise you can do to keep fit and healthy. Fitting them into your hectic routine as a model is a different matter though, so here are some of the more common sports and fitness routines that models use.

Creating Muscle Tone

Unless you are specifically a fitness model, you don’t need to do weight training. A Personal trainer London could help you look at exercises that encourage a lengthening of the muscles and general body tone. This can be anything from gymnastics to swimming – all-round physical exercise that produces good muscle tone all over your body. You should be aiming to do some form of exercise at least 3 times a week to keep in good physical shape. Yoga and Pilates are good for core strength and also for promoting relaxation and inner calm, which can be invaluable in your hectic modelling life.

Try choosing exercises that can be done anywhere, particularly if you are spending a lot of time travelling and staying away from your regular exercise class. There’s a wide range of useful floor exercises that you can do at home or in a hotel room, and as long as you’re well prepared by your class instructor, you should be able to do these without supervision and without damaging yourself.

Muscles for Men

Men will probably do more serious exercise than women as, although it’s not essential to have extreme muscles for male modelling, you are expected to have good muscle tone and shape. It may be that moderate weight lifting, as well as general aerobic exercise is what you need. Talk to your agent to get some advice.

If you have the time and money, it may be worth investing in a personal trainer. He or she will look at your lifestyle, your eating habits and your leisure time and develop a programme that suits the way you live and your fitness targets. The personal trainer is a motivator and will make sure that you get the exercise you need.

Exercise is just part of the modelling lifestyle, along with healthy eating and sensible beauty routines. Find the exercise that suits you best, and one that you enjoy doing, and you will find it helps you keep you in shape, and perhaps makes the difference to whether or not your are booked.