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Gear Up For Golf

Indoor exercises to improve your game

(HealthDayNews) -- For many keen golfers, warm spring days can't come soon enough. But while your clubs are gathering dust, there are certain exercises you can do to gear up for the green, according to the PGA National Resort and Spa.

Do two sets of repetitions of each of the following stretches:

  • Incline push-ups -- like regular pushups but done on an incline; perform these to improve posture and upper body strength.
  • Wall side raises -- to strengthen the shoulder muscles. Stand with your back against a wall with your feet about 18 inches away and your arms relaxed by your side. Hold dumbbells in your hands and slowly raise your arms to shoulder height out from your sides and back down.
  • Sit to stands (squats) -- to strengthen the big muscles of the lower body. Sit in a chair with your hands crossed in front of your shoulders. Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Slowly stand while squeezing your buttocks and return to your original position.
  • Rotary torso extensions -- to keep your turn flexible and strong for longer drives. Lie flat on your back on the floor with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Cross one foot over the other knee and rotate your torso to the left and right. Alternate sides.
  • Incline lunges -- to strengthen and stretch the hips, which will help you maintain good power and rotation in your swing. Standing with one foot on a chair or bench, slide your grounded foot back so your heel is off the ground. Slowly lunge forward until your front knee is aligned over the toe.
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