Sunday, March 06, 2016

Tai Chi as a Golf Vacation Fitness Program

Some people look at golf vacation as an avenue for relieving oneself of stress. However, the pressure of winning a friendly competition can, to some extent, even render one sleepless with the anxiety of aiming for victory. As boring and non-confrontational golf looks like on television, some die-hard patrons can take this sport very seriously. In fact, their aggressive aspiration to win a scheduled friendly match is more likely to put more pressure than their bosses yelling at them through the intercom to finish their weekly report. And for this reason, players might go on perpetual “battle-for-survival” mode with their training. But there's a reason why Tai Chi can be the best fitness program for extremely tense golfers.

Confucius says, “fight fire with water”...
He didn't actually say it, but that is beside the point. The thing is, not all people work well under pressure. Getting worked up on one's upcoming golf game would more likely derail their training because no matter how it serves as a so-called motivator, there is only a certain level of tension acceptable in bringing out the best in the athlete. Instead of choosing an exercise that further agitates one's state of mind, this meditative Chinese calisthenics is the best alternative. The number one rule in Tai Chi? Relax (or else, it will still make you). If you think the “slow stationary dance” movements performed by senior citizens at the park is easy, think again.

Why are slow movements tiring, Mr. Miyagi?
Tai Chi is guaranteed to have its practitioners sweat buckets. In fact, by the time their done on their first session, they will not believe the overlooked wonders of their sweat glads being capable of imitating the miniature version of a waterfall. Despite its slow and deliberate gyrations, Tai Chi focuses on continuous muscle tension at every joint movement. How does this help you develop a better game performance in your scheduled golf trip contest? Imagine being consciously aware of every muscle group's contribution to that one clean swing. It's like practically being given a handbook titled What's Wrong with Your Golf Swing?

In China (H.K.), old people climb up 8th floor stairs
China is one of the generic places on the globe that has the highest number of senior citizens around the age of 80's with functional limbs. Controlled breathing and precise limb movements gave these oldies their stereotype-defying spryness. In all fairness, practicing Tai Chi is so highly effective that merely doing it for the purpose of killing (positively speaking) the next game golf vacation contest almost does this therapeutic exercise a grave injustice.

No comments:

Post a Comment