October 24, 2011

Building Sweat Equity For Golf And Life

The reasons why you perform cardiovascular exercises is to improve the quality of oxygen delivery to the exercising muscles and to rid the muscles of waste products so that fatigue can be delayed. The heart is a big muscle that needs to be challenged, just like any other muscle in the body. It helps to pump blood through arteries and capillaries to the lungs where they pick up a fresh supply of oxygen. Training the heart during exercise makes it stronger and can eject larger amounts of blood with consideration to time. The muscles can then receive an adequate supply of blood to sustain contractions for longer periods of time, which means less fatigue.


Here is a very comprehensive list of the many benefits of cardiovascular exercise. While these benefits aid in enhancing golf performance, remember they are simultaneously building quality of life. Perform cardiovascular exercise not just for golf, but for the privilege and opportunity to enjoy a lifetime of activities with family, friends and for yourself.

  • Increased endurance for your golf round
  • Better rhythm, timing and hand eye coordination
  • Improves heart and lungs efficiency and increases circulation
  • Burns body fat
  • Raises your metabolism
  • Increased energy and relieves stress
  • Slows aging
  • Controls and improves high blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Reduces risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes
  • Helps you sleep soundly
  • Strengthens muscles of your core and lower body
  • Strengthens bones and maximizes bone density
  • Reduces stiffness in muscles and joints
  • Improves flexibility and posture
  • Improves mental capacity and concentration
  • Elevates mood, self confidence, and reduces risks of depression
  • Acts a natural appetite suppressant

There are numerous gym machines including Elliptical trainers, treadmills, and rowers, as well as outdoor activities to include walking trails, running track or cross training in various sports. According to the American College of Sports medicine, every adult should accumulate 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week. Moderate intensity is defined as performing an activity at an intensity of 3 to 6 METS or the equivalent to walking at a 3 to 4 m.p.h. for the majority of healthy adults.

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