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That Mental Edge Comes from Exercise Golf season has arrived! Are you prepared? Ideally, we’ve all spent the winter months staying physically fit. Right? During those long months of off-season chill, we talked often about how exercise helps to increase energy, build strength and endurance, and increase flexibility. Need help sticking to your plan now that the outdoors beckons? Grab a buddy! Research shows that participation in fitness classes is highly beneficial, and in some ways, better than individual programs. Some pluses include:  Social interaction (Especially if you enlist some friends to join you!)  A safe and competent workout  A routine schedule  An accountability factor for showing up (Those friends are expecting you.)  A desire to challenge your limits (If others can do more repetitions, maybe you can, too.)  Variety – in equipment, instructors, types of exercise classes, and routines. In other words, you can have fun – but no excuses for not showing up! For added incentive, exercise relieves stress, helps you think more clearly and leaves you feeling happier. It’s never too late to begin, and no matter what level of commitment you choose, it’s going to make a positive difference. Still need convincing? Exercise helps improves your ‘mental’ golf game, too: 1. Increased brainpower: Regular physical activity improves reaction time, concentration, creativity, and mental alertness. This happens during exercise because then the body is better able to pump blood, bring oxygen into the blood stream, and enhance the flow of blood to the brain.

2. Feel better: Whether workouts are short or long, exercise can help release the body’s feelgood chemicals such as adrenaline, serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. These improve our mood and reduce anxiety. 3. Exercise boosts self-esteem: It makes sense that growing stronger and leaner, along with increasing our ability to do a wider range of activities, has a positive effect on how we feel about ourselves. The more you do, the more you think you can do. 4. Exercise distracts us: Cardiovascular activities, which involve using major muscle groups in a rhythmic, aerobic fashion, redirect our concentration. Think about it: While running, biking or swimming, it’s difficult to focus on problems, right? Regular physical activity can help us overreact less often, find appropriate ways to vent our frustration, and recover more quickly from stress. So, join a class, grab some friends or make new ones, and set an exercising goal to get your mental and physical self back in the game for the duration of the season. Optimal Lifestyles offers yoga classes and a variety of group fitness classes in several locations. Contact Optimal Lifestyles at 314-984-0592 and ask Barb for details about the classes.

Email: barb@optimallifestylesinc.com | www.optimallifestylesinc.com Optimal Lifestyles, Inc is a health and fitness consulting company and fitness education sponsor for the Gateway PGA. Optimal Lifestyles, Inc. provides personal training, golf fitness and yoga for golfers. The information provided by Optimal Lifestyles is for educational purposes and should not replace care or advice of a physician. Please check with a physician if you are starting an exercise program or suspect you are ill. Gateway Section | 17269 Wild Horse Creek Rd, Ste 110 | Chesterfield, MO 63005-1360 | gateway@pgahq.com | www.gatewaypga.org 17 

Gateway Section PGA Newsletter June 2013  

Gateway Section Newsletter June 2013

Gateway Section PGA Newsletter June 2013  

Gateway Section Newsletter June 2013

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