Do You Have The Right Tools For Your Golf Game?

Have you ever tried hammering a nail with a screwdriver (maybe you have)? Have you ever tried opening a can without a can opener? Have you ever tried hitting a golf shot from the middle of the fairway with a putter?

Well, whether you believe it or not, if you don’t have the right tools for your exercise program you may also not get the results you want.

I’ve heard many people say, “I know how to exercise, I can do it myself.” This may be true, but how many people do you know that start a fitness program only to let it fall by the wayside?

Many people have told me they have tried exercise but it really didn’t help their golf game.

If you’ve tried a lot of different exercises and nothing seems to be working, maybe it’s time you asked yourself if you have the right tools. Having the right tools can make all the difference in the world.

Grab my free golf fitness report (on the left) now, and begin moving toward improved fitness and a better golf game!

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on October 21, 2009

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Children's Health Month

I’ve recently discovered that October is Children’s Health Month, and as a health professional and parent of 2 young girls I think we all need to think a little about the importance of this topic. There are many components to consider when teaching, and maintaining health in our children. Safety around the home and on the playground is certainly important factors along with teaching a healthy lifestyle and good fitness habits. Health and fitness is my passion, so here are a few of my thoughts on this topic.

First off, I think most of us realize the growing epidemic of overweight and obese children that is staring us in the face here in the U.S. This is a big problem, and I think we should all take on some form of responsibility for this. This applies to anyone that may have a child, grandchild, niece or nephew, or any type of relationship with child.

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services through its 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, advocates 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily for children and adolescents. This activity should include moderate to vigorous aerobic activity as well as muscle & bone strengthening.
Now ask yourself this question….is your child getting 60 minutes daily? I know it can be difficult, especially with vigorous activities but I think there a lot of options for staying active.

Forming good habits at a young age I believe is a great way to start. This can apply to all aspects of health, from limiting the amount of time you sit and watch television, to being active and developing good eating habits. I think this also comes from being a good role model. Parents need to lead by example in all areas of health. I know kids are bombarded with all kinds of information and they will grow up to make their own choices, but parental modeling makes a significant impact on these choices.

Sports…most kids love some kind of sport. There is something for everyone. If your child is not part of a local sports team then try and get them involved. It is a great way to be active and a way for them to develop new friends at the same time.

Family fun days are another way to get your child active. Family bike rides, a day at the zoo, or hiking are always fun. Any activity where you have to get out and about will be beneficial.

Active video games are also a way to get them up and moving about. I know it is often times hard to pull them away from the video games, so get the games that require them to get off the couch. The Wii has many active programs that the entire family can participate in and have fun.

My last little tip addresses the topic of more advanced fitness or sport specific training. If you happen to have a child that is very heavily involved in several sports or one particular sport, I am sure you have some questions.

First I am of the opinion that you let your child play various sports but limit that to one per season. I am familiar with the higher level travel teams and the long seasons for some sports but kids need to rest and be engaged in other activities. I am also not a proponent of focusing on only one sport, especially at the younger ages (under 16 yrs.). The physical and emotional benefits of participating in other activities are huge, and could really help with the primary sport. Children need to build upon fundamental movement patterns they developed in the first several years of their lives. Sometimes they even lack these patterns or are delayed in developing them (which is another topic for later), so other sports can help in this physical development. Higher skill development needs a strong fundamental base and this is one way to help with that. If you are really interested in making sure your child has some sort of competitive advantage in one sport, then that is when I recommend personal coaching/training. You can visit my blog for additional information on this topic.

So let’s take a little time away from our daily activities this month and focus on our children’s health and fitness. Are they getting what they need? Are they eating healthy? Let’s do our part in helping the children.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on October 17, 2009

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Neck & Upper Back Pain In Golfers

Tightness and soreness in the neck and upper traps area is nothing new in most people. This soreness can occur in anyone and is often times seen in golfers. The cause can be variable but is usually posture related. It is common in individuals that sit at a computer or drive for long periods of time. What happens is the upper traps and neck region become overused and the muscles become tight and sore. This overuse is related to poor postural positions as well as problems with the way muscles are functioning. The middle back becomes weak around the shoulder blades resulting in the upper traps to work harder and become tight. This tension is also associated with shoulder function as well.

Here is a video of some upper trap stretches and some positioning exercises to help relieve the extra tension on those upper traps.

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This post was written by Mark Tolle on October 7, 2009

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