Balance is a useful skill integral to a stable and consistent golf swing, but it can also be applied to many different aspects of your life. With the new year in full swing, you may have many things accumulating on your to-do list that are beginning to overwhelm you. Before you give up on your resolutions and responsibilities, strike a balance between your body, mind and soul. Find a place and a headspace where you feel calm, competent, and coordinated. You are capable!
The anticipatory energy of the new year can throw you off course or put you right on track, and it helps to strike a balance between self-discipline and self-kindness. Don’t be too hard on yourself, but don’t undercut your potential progress either! A great way to strike such a balance–before we head to the gym to work on our physical grounding–is to start from the inside. Taking a few minutes of meditation each morning, or even just a couple times a week depending on your own terms and timelines, can help set your mind at ease. Beginning your day with a few moments of silence and internal reflection can provide a strong mental foundation for any challenges or physically demanding activities that may follow.
While the image above suggest ten to fifteen minutes of silent meditation, you can start with as little as five minutes if you are new to meditation, pressed for time, or anxious about maintaining stillness for this long. You can always build yourself up to longer meditation sessions. Now that your mind is a little more at peace, you can start off your day in whatever way this means for you. Maybe it’s making breakfast, maybe it’s going to work, maybe it’s heading to the gym– no matter how you choose to continue you your day, you are ready and able.
If you find yourself heading to the gym or preparing to exercise, why stop the balancing act? Align your mind and body with some of Coach Todd’s tried and true balance exercises which help you to center and take control of your body. All you need is your body, your focus, and one of the best fitness tools for fine tuning your balance skills: the balance ball (it even has balance in the name!).
Core Rotation with Balance Ball
- Sit on ball and walk legs out until ball lies under neck and shoulders.
- Raise arms and place hands together in “prayer” position.
- Rotate shoulders and core to the right until ball lies under upper right arm and shoulder. Keep glutes firm.
- Return to center.
- Perform 8 to 10 reps. on each side.
Abdominal Curl on Balance Ball
- Stabilize yourself on ball.
- Perform a curl by pulling the ball inward with your core.
- 10 to 12 reps.
If you would like to finish of your day with some meditation, that’s up to you! You know your mind and body better than anyone else; do what it takes to stay balanced and level-headed– and a couple balance exercises will surely do the trick for your body and your performance in games.
Tune in to Fit For Golf-Set for Life next week for another exclusive yummy recipe perfect for the winter season!