The Midwest is encountering the coldest weather it’s seen in decades. Temperatures are hitting all new lows, and as a result, everyone has to stay off of the golf course. There’s no safe way to play golf in freezing temperatures, and no recreation is worth the level of risk and injury associated with outdoor sports in frozen conditions. Choose an indoor exercise, like yoga, to perform until the weather turns.
If you live in a chilly zone and you’re concerned about losing your momentum during these weeks of hyper-cold weather, fret not! We’re going to outline some yoga poses you can do indoors that will ensure you stay warm and get warmed up for when the weather returns to normal. Even if you’re not exactly a yogi, these stretches will help condition your muscles while you’re off the course. So make yourself some hot cocoa, light your fireplace, and wear your comfy clothes. These cold-weather yoga poses will help get you ready for golf season.
If you have a yoga mat, break it out. If not, find a flat place to stand where your bare feet can grip the ground (whatever that means for you!). Throughout each of the poses, breathe in and out of your nose and keep your lips pressed closed.
Reduces Back Pain
Stand tall with your feet a few inches apart and your arms by your side. Keep your back in its proper, upright position and face your palms forward. Hold for 60 seconds.
Stretches Thighs and Groin
Begin in the Mountain pose. Lift your left leg and place your foot on your right inner thigh, above your knee, if possible. While maintaining your balance, fold your palms in front of your chest. Hold for 30 seconds and then alternate feet and repeat.
Standing Forward Bend Pose
Stretches Hamstrings and Calves
Begin in the Mountain pose. Inhale and stretch your arms high to the ceiling, and then bend at the hips. Bring your hands all the way to the floor and rest your hands behind your ankles, wrapping your arms around the backs of your legs. If possible, rest your nose or forehead on your thighs. Hold for 20 seconds.
Strengthens Flexibility in the Torso
Lie flat on your stomach. Place your arms out on either side of you, so that you resemble a large “T.” Exhale and lift your chest, arms, and legs from the mat. Hold for 30 seconds.
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
Relieves Back Pain and Strengthens Spine
Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Bend your left leg and cross your left foot so it is planted on the floor to the right of your right knee/thigh. Rotate your torso left and place your right elbow on the left side of your left knee. Plant your left hand behind you on the floor for support. Twist left and lengthen your spine.
Stay away from exercises intended to bulk you up. Push ups, bench presses, squats, and lunges shouldn’t be at the top of your list. Instead, focus on balance, core, cardio, and flexibility. Yoga is a great way to keep your body toned between golf seasons.
For more exercises that actually use a golf club, read Indoor Golf Drills to Try at Home.