(KUTV) The weather is starting to get warmer, which means it's time to start thinking about enjoying outdoor activities, such as golf. Whether you're an avid golfer or just a beginner, here's an exercise routine for you, says Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute.
Beck recommends that you complete the following exercise routine multiple times per week to help improve your posture, maximize your swing, strengthen your core and increase flexibility.
1) Pigeon Pose: A great exercise for improving hip mobility! Come down into a figure four position with your front leg making sure your lower leg is even with your knee and stretch your rear leg straight out behind you. Place your hands out in front of you and gently sink into the pose. Hold for 20-30 seconds and switch sides. Complete 3 sets per side.
2) W Turns: Hold a golf club and get into a stance as though you plan to take a shot at the ball. Hinge forward at the hips and place the club behind your neck across your shoulders. Keeping your core tight, slowly twist to your left until you can feel a slight stretch in the obliques and being mindful to keep your gaze directed toward the ground where your ball would be. Return to starting position and repeat on the other side. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps per side.
3) Rib Grabs: This exercise is great for improving thoracic mobility! Lie on your side, legs stacked. Bend your top leg and grab the thigh with your bottom hand. Place your top hand on your bottom ribs. Simultaneously turn outward while gently pulling down on your leg. Hold for 20-30 seconds and then switch sides. Complete 3 sets per side.