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Winter of Wellness Program at the Bay Club

Monday, 31. December 2018 10:05

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As the new year comes around, many people start thinking of that perfect New Year’s resolution.  And one of the most common resolutions is health and/or exercise related.  This year, the Bay Club is helping members and staff focus on their health for 2019.

Sports and Activities Center Manager, Matt Beatty has put together a program entitled Winter of Wellness and the goal is overall self-improvement.

The program is team-based with one staff member heading a team of five Club members.  Individuals will earn points for their teams in a variety of ways, including exercising at the Fitness Center on their own or with their team, taking various fitness classes offered at the Club, personal training with our Fitness Trainers, attending a Wellness Lecture or Weekend Wellness Walks.  Matt will be conducting weekly Fitness Challenges and monthly Fitness Gram Tests.  And the Golf House restaurant is also joining in by offering special monthly heart-healthy dinners.

A total of 51 members and staff have signed on to be a part of this great program.  It runs through the end of March and the team with the most points at that time will be crowned the champions.

The competitive banter has already begun and everyone is excited to get started earning those points while improving their health!

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Golf Fitness Tips for the Winter from Bay Club Fitness Trainer, Matt Beatty

Thursday, 1. February 2018 11:59

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Winter is officially here in New England, which for some golfers is a time to head south to warmer temperatures.  However, for those who remain here, it’s important to stay in shape during the off season to keep your golf game in tip-top shape.

Bay Club Fitness Trainer, Matt Beatty shares a few exercises golfers can incorporate into their gym routines to help stay in peak physical condition during these winter months.

Yoga

Yoga is a great exercise option for golfers as it helps with flexibility and core stability.  It also helps to lengthen muscles to improve the range of motion.  These qualities can aid in creating a stronger swing.  Yoga can be especially helpful for senior golfers since flexibility tends to decrease as we age.

Here are a few basic yoga poses that are beneficial for golfers:

  • Triangle Pose
    • Firms your sides and thighs
    • Streamlines waist
    • Relieves tightness in shoulders
  • Seated Twist
    • Relieves back pain
    • Promotes flexibility in spine and hip joints
  • Chest Expansions
    • Relieves tension in spine, neck and shoulders
    • Improves posture

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Golf uses many muscles in the body and is considered a “burst sport;” generating a lot of energy in a short period, followed by a period of rest.  Enter HIIT! During interval training, you work at high intensities followed by lower intensities.

  • Applying HIIT elements to your workout can be as simple as adding bursts of energy during your normal cardio routine at a 1:2 (work:rest) ratio.
  • You can also perform more complex moves such as mountain climbers, plank jacks, burpees or high knees.

Resistance and Weight Training

Resistance and weight training can be particularly valuable to golfers by improving stability and range of motion, as well as helping to create a powerful, more controlled swing.

Here are a couple of Matt’s favorite exercises for golfers:

  • Glute Bridge
    • Increases core and back strength which is the foundation for a strong drive
  • Side Plank with a Leg Lift
    • Increases strength through obliques, thighs and knees and helps improve balance
    • Improves hip control, vital to your golf swing

Keeping active and fit is so important this time of year to make sure you’re ready for golf in the spring!

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