This week I’m in Las Vegas on a business trip. Staying healthy on the road can be tough – especially in Las Vegas.
Later this week I’ve got travel tips on eating well and even a workout you can do in your hotel room (no equipment needed).
But first, this past Tuesday would have marked my dad’s 70th birthday.
To celebrate and remember my dad, I teed it up in his honor at Desert Pines in Las Vegas.
Even though my dad wasn’t there in person, he was there in spirit.
While playing this Vegas beauty I had random images flashing in my brain of my grandfather and dad.
Bad health took my two favorite golfing buddies from me too soon. My father and my grandfather.
Sad – and preventable, to a point.
Who knows how many years we lost together due to the bad choices they made concerning food and exercise.
The memories flooded in and one of my favorites was one about my grandfather.
My grandfather used to play against an imaginary person named ‘bogie’. Bogie sucked. He could never do anything better than a bogie on every hole.
As much as it pains me to analyze and write this article – I OWE IT TO YOU.
You deserve NO B.S. when it comes to getting the most out of your life.
Golf fitness is about more than crushing the ball and shooting low scores.
I have a mission to help you live longer. Play golf longer. Most of all, enjoy playing golf longer with those that you love.
If I never earn one penny from this blog, I will be thrilled if you read it and add a few years to your lifespan.
Most of my life I have been physically active and taken reasonable care of myself – however – I did go through a five year span in a corporate environment where I literally ‘let myself go’.
It Can Happen To Anyone…
I left my job working at a golf course and entered the corporate world. Bad habits soon developed as I tried to fit in to the corporate culture.
My weight ballooned up to 245 pounds. Prior to the corporate job, my weight fluctuated between 195 and 205 pounds.
Gone were the days of golfing from morning to night and being physically active.
My new destiny appeared to be a wobbly un-even chair and fluorescent lighting.
Days and weeks went by without touching a golf club. My ‘touch’ soon followed and I became scared to even play a round of golf. If I did play, I knew the result would be depressing.
Invited to play golf with friends, I would always decline. Embarrassed of how I looked and how far I had fallen.
Going from a scratch golfer to someone who couldn’t break 80 or 90 was a tough pill to swallow.
Even more difficult was the image I would see in the mirror. My muscular body shrouded with pounds of unwanted fat. Muscles that had lost their tone.
One day I decided to play golf with some of my co-workers and realized my distance was totally gone.
I used to CRUSH the ball and out drive just about anyone.
I went back home embarrassed and ashamed of myself.
How could I let myself go this far? I had gained 45 pounds of pure lard! I could barely walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath. My eating habits were relegated to drive through windows and fast food establishments.
One day, I decided enough was enough. I was first going to get back my health, and second, get back my golf game.
Let me tell you, it was tough.
Mentally it was as hard as anything I have ever done.
It took five years to reverse the five years of ‘lardiness’ (my word for laziness and adding poundage).
Five years to build my lardiness, five years to take it off.
Along the way, I discovered a lot of hidden secrets to fitness as it pertains to golf.
Secrets the golf manufacturers would rather you not know…
You see… you don’t need a new club or high tech ball to crush it… You don’t need a new putter with a milled face to lower your scores on the green.
All you need is health.
Once my health was back, my golf game was in check. My joy for the game increased.
My distance was back, albeit with a new twist – I could hit it even further!
Learn from my five years of trial and error. Along my journey I became a certified personal trainer, read countless books and journals, and watched tons of DVD’s.
The information and experimentation I underwent culminated in this book you have in front of you.
What I learned was that body building workouts don’t improve your game. I’m not dissing on bodybuilding at all – Arnold S. is my idol and I wouldn’t be able to speak if I ever got to meet him….
Golf is just different… it requires a different set of parameters to get the results we want.
The bright side, these parameters lend themselves to fat loss… an added bonus.
Take this knowledge, it is the ‘secret’ you are searching for. Not only for your golf game, but for your life.
Taking action and getting back your health, or improving your health will be worth every drop of sweat.
Picture yourself and a loved one, or friends, playing golf well in to your golden years… all the warm summer evenings.. and even the cold windy days.
How awesome does that feel? I know it makes me sad to think about the what ifs…
Don’t let your life be a what if. Take control.
Five years came and went before my wakeup call arrived.
If you experienced a wakeup call – this blog is your beacon.
Read it and implement it.
Without falling in to bad habits and losing my health, this blog would not exist.
P.S. I wore the Oakley Cipher golf shoes at Desert Pines. I’ll tell you how they felt and worked tomorrow along with some travel tips on eating right while on the road.