Starting a new training regimen or practice routine can be intimidating both physically and mentally. Here are seven tips to help you next time you hit the gym or golf course, including safe practices for golf training.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Drinking a lot of water is very crucial and good for the body. If you’re working out, are on the golf course, doing a marathon or triathlon, choose drinks that replace fluids plus essential electrolytes. One is suppose to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day. The rule to remember is 8×8.

  1. Stretching

You should take about five to ten minutes of warming up and cooling down. It is important to stretch to make sure your body performs at maximum capacity. You want to hit every major muscle group even if you are not working that muscle on that day. It prevents injury and increases recovery.

  1. Quality Over Quantity

Anyone can spend hours lifting weights, running, or hitting golf balls all day. If there is no quality in every workout or drill, then there is no point. You need quality over quantity. Making sure that you have proper stance and can make every drill or rep work properly.

  1. Balance

You need to balance your workout. If you are spending most of your time on the range, you also need to spend the same amount of time on the putting greens. This also means working out more than just one part of your body.

  1. Take Breaks

Be aware that training too hard or too often can cause overuse injuries like stress fractures, stiff or sore joints and muscles, and inflamed tendons and ligaments. You need your body to recover after training on the golf course or putting a couple of hours at the gym.

  1. Listen to Injuries

If you become injured or sore, you need to listen to your body and your doctor! If you sprain your ankle or strain your back, you need allocated amount of time to rest and recover in order to return to your maximum potential. Ignoring or working through the pain will only lead to more severe injuries and will take longer to recover.

  1. Get Help

A certified trainer can be very beneficial and help with keeping yourself in check with many of the tips listed. Yes, you can watch countless videos on the internet, but that doesn’t mean you should be practicing or working out at the same. Each person’s body is different. Trainers help design programs centered around you and your abilities alone.

Whether you are improving your golf game or improving your lifestyle, just remember these tips to keep you stay safe and on track with your goals!