How to Fight Fatigue on the Golf Course
Golf provides a great form of exercise for people of all ages. Walking in the fresh air can do wonders for a person's health demonstrated by the fact that golfers on average live longer. This is also backed up by the latest research published by Cambridge University that says even walking for 20 minutes a day reduces the risk of dying early by one third!
However, a round of golf is hard work even for the most fit. During a day on the course you can walk in excess of 4 miles, up and down hilly terrain, while with practice swings and time at the range you can swing the club around 200 times. This is even before you take into account the conditions which can vary from cold, wet and windy through to unbearably hot and humid. It's no wonder then that most golfers will experience mental and physical fatigue towards the end of a round. And, when fatigue sets in, the body tries to conserves energy. The larger muscle groups start to work less and the arms and hands start to take over. Result, poor scores.
Have you ever played a round of golf where the wheels seem to start falling off around the 14th or 15th hole? And you started to hit shots thin AND heavy? And your direction was off? And distance was shrinking? Sound familiar?
So what can you do to combat fatigue? Two simple steps can help you keep those scores low.
First - Stay hydrated. Like any sport dehydration is your worst enemy, particularly when you are playing in warm, humid conditions. When the temperatures rise to 30°C and above you will need to drink around 2 litres of fluid throughout the round. Water is great but after a while you will also start to lose salts - so top up those electrolytes with a sports drink.
And second - Keep energy levels up. This is where Superfast Energy Gum™ comes into its own.
It is easy to carry a pack in your golf bag (only 16grams!), Superfast Energy Gum™ doesn’t need to be kept cold and provides an almost instant energy boost without the sugar rush! Plus chewing gum is also proven to improve focus and concentration by around 10%.
But don’t just take our word for it. “Our results suggest that chewing induced an increase in alertness in addition to having a positive effect on motor control” said the researchers from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan. Just the thing for golfers!
So, pop in a couple of pieces of refreshingly minty Superfast Energy Gum™ just before teeing off and again around hole 12 and see the difference it can make.