You’re never too old to improve your golf.
Did you know that golf courses are the fifth most common place for people to suffer from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)? According to the American Heart Association, less than seven percent survive.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Risk Can Be Prevented
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a 26-year study of nearly 82,000 women that showed you can reduce your risk for sudden cardiac death. In the majority of people, coronary heart disease is usually the underlying cause and this study showed that a low-risk, healthy lifestyle is associated with a low risk of sudden cardiac death.
A healthy heart usually means a healthy body. Learn how to lower your risks for heart disease while lowering your score in golf. If you’re an older golfer, your personalized golf regimen will improve a game that’s been afflicted by surgery, arthritis, deconditioning, injury, or simply, your age.
50+ Golfletics Training
If you’re a 50+ year-old golfer struggling on the course, you can still outplay much younger players. Age-related physical limitations (including aches and pains) hinder your golf performance and your love of the game, but functional fitness training specific to golf can help you play the game as if you were 20 years younger.
First, you must face the facts. If you want to lower your handicap, you need to get in shape. There’s no way around it… and just any workout won’t do. To improve your golf, you need to specifically target the muscles you use on the course.
You’ll still need to practice your drive and short game as your fitness training won’t replace productive practice. However, it will enhance your game and how you feel when you’re playing.
“Karen Owoc has been working with me since shortly after my heart surgery (triple bypass in 2015) and again after my total hip replacement. She has now started me on a healthy modified Pilates routine and easy-to-follow eating plan to lose weight and manage my diabetes. She is one of the many great humans – docs, nurses, surgeons, and Karen – that I can credit for keeping me alive. I just shot the best round in years today! Best my body has felt on the course in a long, long time! I still have weight to lose, but I feel great!” ~Bob Schmidt, open-heart surgery survivor
Your personal workouts will improve your “golfleticism“— a combination of physical fitness components that will help you move more athletically through the key elements of your golf swing.
- Mobility – Lengthening your muscles will improve your golf game (by increasing the range in your swing), but you’ll also learn how your flexibility correlates with the health of your arteries.
- Stability – Balance and agility training will help prevent serious falls, reduce sports injuries, and improve your swing. When you swing from a stable base, you can swing with more power, consistency, and control. When you’re agile, you can quickly transfer power laterally which directly affects your club head speed. Find out how to achieve a mobile and durable frame, so you’re more stable and nimble on your feet.
- Strength – Your muscles not only lift heavy things, but hold your body erect when standing. Mobility, muscle stabilization, and strength training are essential for injury prevention, stronger bones, and optimal golf performance. You’ll learn how to improve your game, longevity, and everyday living.
- Speed and Power – By improving your mobility, stability, and strength, you’ll generate more power (that is, more force and acceleration) from the ground up as well as prevent early deceleration of your club head. As a result, you’ll increase your driving distance. The better you can move, the faster your club head will move. The faster your club head moves, the farther your ball will travel.
- Control – When you learn to control muscle tension, you can control skilled golf movement patterns, i.e., your swing or putt. A strong musculoskeletal foundation (e.g., hips, torso, and arms) is the key to golf mastery.
Lengthen Your Drive and Your Life™
Karen Owoc is a certified clinical exercise physiologist and plant-based nutrition consultant. As a former competitive athlete and cardiac rehabilitation therapist, Karen is a health and habit coach specializing in senior fitness with extensive experience prescribing exercise to clients with medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, and other age-related diseases. She is a health educator, the weekly TV health expert on KRON 4, award-winning writer, and author of her upcoming book, “Athletes in Aprons”.
- Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, concentration in Biodynamics
- Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation Certificate, American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Certified Memory Program Specialist, University of California, Los Angeles
- Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist, American Council on Exercise
- Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
- Certified Orthopedic Specialist, American Council on Exercise
- Certified Balance Training Specialist, Zibrio
- Certified Living Strong, Living Well Instructor (cancer), Stanford School of Medicine