Three exercises to protect you from injury

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Skip the chiropractor and try these moves instead

With peak golf season approaching, we thought this would be a good time to ask an important question: Is your back ready? Thought so. If you don’t want to end up spending your summer horizontal, follow the advice of Golf Digest Fitness Advisor Ben Shear. He teamed with our social-media correspondent, Paige Spiranac, to bring you exercises to protect your back from the aches and injuries golfers too commonly deal with. Do these routinely to stay healthy.

  1. Lie on your back with one foot flat on the floor, shin vertical to the ground, and the other foot pointed upward as you hold that leg’s knee close to your chest. Contract your glute (butt) muscles and raise
    your pelvis as high as you can. Hold for a second and then lower it. Do as many reps as you can.
    Switch legs and repeat.

2. Start on your hands and knees holding a resistance band with one hand and anchoring it to the opposite foot. Extend the hand and foot while maintaining balance and stretching the body in a relatively straight line. Do as many reps as you can. Repeat with the other arm and leg.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Lie on your side with your feet stacked on a bench, head on a cushion, and your weight supported by the torso. Lift your pelvis and extend the top leg upward as if opening a pair of scissors. Don’t let your hips sag. Hold for
a second. Lower the leg. Do as many as you can, then switch legs.

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