You can have the technical skills of a professional golfer, but if you are running out of energy by the 10th hole, your golf game will never reach its full potential. Proper nutrition is one of the easiest ways to ensure that you are playing to your full potential. Golf is a game of short bursts of high intensity activity combined with long periods of low-energy-level standing, walking and sitting in a cart. It’s the relatively long duration (over 4 hours) of needed physical and mental sharpness that requires the body and brain to be operating properly.
One of the goals of proper nutrition is to sustain a balanced blood sugar. The brain is one of largest consumers of blood sugar for it to function properly. Poor supply causes sluggishness, poor concentration, slow reaction, and altered communication with the body. Hence, poor golf performance.
It is important to eat a well-balanced meal approximately one hour before your tee off time. Your meal should be approximately 35-45% complex carbohydrates, (fresh whole vegetables, some fruit and a minimal amount of whole grains), 25-30% protein and 20-30% fats, (lean meats, fish oil, eggs from vegetarian fed chickens, nuts etc.).
It is also important to bring nutritious snacks on the course with you, again to keep your blood sugar balanced to sustain mental and physical energy. Preparation is key, be sure to set aside some healthy snacks such as a banana, apple, celery with peanut butter or a protein bar, (bars with nuts or seeds are best).
Finally be sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after your golf game. On average everyone should drink at least 8 glasses of spring or filtered water, (64 oz.) a day. When you are physically active or standing in the hot sun all day you should increase your uptake as well, try to drink some water at least every other hole. For those of you that think drinking pop, beer, or coffee will do the job, think again. The caffeine and alcohol in these drinks will dehydrate you even more!If you are finding that you are just not getting the proper servings of vegetables we recommend getting a high quality supplement to get the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. One of the brands we highly recommend is Pure Encapsulations; www.pureencapsulations.com. Feel free to discuss this and other issues by contacting us at www.spinecarenc.com.