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I hope everyone has had a great summer, both on and off of the course. As the season winds down, I'd like to take the time to point out how the course itself is an entirely underutilized method of practice. While it is nice to groove your swing on the flat surface of the driving range or practice putting green, do not overlook the use of the golf course as a practice tool.
It may be the case that one hole ruins your score every time. Go out and play that hole until you figure out how to beat it. If you always get stuck behind a certain bunker and can never get it up and down, stop the round and figure out how to resolve the issue. You might even want to consider taking a playing lesson. Even your local golf pro may be surprised to learn that your golf game on the course is completely different than it is on the range. Have your instructor play along and watch how they navigate the course and how they play the challenging shots. During the round, you might even learn new ways to approach difficult problems you face while playing.
A great tool that I have found for my own students and even my personal game is the Game Golf system, which you can learn about below. It enables me, as an instructor, to see the shots you actually hit on the golf course, along with those you tend to miss, so I can be better prepared for our next lesson.
The Game Golf app provides an incredible assortment of statistics to help both you and your instructor improve your golf game. It acts as your own personal golf diary, tracking your progress, successes, and failures to provide you with an honest and accurate picture of your strengths and weaknesses. Click the link below to visit the Game Golf website and learn more about their revolutionary golf instructional tools.
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Stacy's Health Tip of the Month
Hi everyone! If you don't already know, I am Bill's wife and I am also a Health Coach, certified by the Institute for Integrated Nutrition. I thought it would be fun to start a little health tip of the month in Bill's monthly newsletter. I have a blog that you could check out that will have tons of recipes, videos, and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which I am super excited about. If you have any interest in or questions about all things healthy and natural, then please check it out! This month, since we are in the middle of a late summer heat wave I thought I would give you some information about dehydration as well as some tips to avoid it.
First, let's get to the basics. Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. Dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe based on how much of the body's fluid is lost or not replenished. When it is severe, dehydration is a life-threatening emergency. I am not touching on severe dehydration, but symptoms of mild dehydration could come from something as simple as a round of golf in the heat. Some symptoms include: Dry, sticky mouth, sleepiness or tiredness, thirst, headache, dizziness, and lightheadedness, as well as many other symptoms. So, while you are out on the golf course, there are a few simple things you can do to avoid dehydration and feel your best. Here are a few tips to remember:
1. I know this one is repeated often, but it's so important! DRINK LOTS OF WATER! As a health coach I would advise against Gatorade, instead choose coconut water. If you don't care for coconut water, jazz up fresh spring water with lemon, lime, fruit, cucumber, or my favorite, pineapple slices!
2. Sorry everyone........avoid alcohol, it's so very dehydrating. Alcohol interferes with the mechanism that regulates the water levels in our body and is a bad choice while you are out in the heat. I love a nice glass of wine as much as the next golfer, but wait till you're done playing, have had tons of water (or coconut water), and are out of the heat and in the comfort and air conditioning of the 19th hole :)
3. Avoid caffeine (pretty much for the same reasons as alcohol).
4. If you're going to participate in a sport or a strenuous activity, (aka...golf!) then drink up before hand. It's important is to drink at regular intervals (around 20 minutes or so) during the activity.
5. Eat hydrating food. It could be as simple as snacking on watermelon throughout your round.
6. Dress for the weather to make sure that you're not sweating more than you need to. If it's a hot, humid day, wear lighter clothes. Some Nike Drifit or Adidas Climachill are good choices and are also available in the pro shop at Colonial Springs!
So remember, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and caffeine while playing a round of golf, and snack on hydrating food while sporting a nice lightweight golf shirt and you should be good to go! And don't forget to check out my new blog at www.dontworrybehealthy.org.
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