Run for miles for your heart…and your game

Today, I finally got off my flabby butt (ok, so I am 175 and about 6 foot, so its not flabby) and decided to work out. Its been a while and I have been so overloaded with projects that I haven’t had the time. Today, I made the time.

It was a simple workout and I didn’t push myself too hard. It basically contained 55 minutes of cardio and about 20 minutes of some minor weight lifting.

I used a stair climber for 20 minutes. This is an excellent machine when trying to replicate walking up and down hills on a golf course. If you have ever been to Indiana, there are some holes that have BIG hills that you have to climb, and during a tournament, getting up the hills with as little a struggle as possible could make the difference in your performance on a shot.

The legs are probably one of the most important parts of the human body that should be strong when it comes to a golf game. This, of course, pertains to those who WALK and who don’t RIDE. Riding is for sissies… just kidding :)

I tend to ride occasionally, but I walk when I get the chance. After burning 150 calories on the stair climber, I hopped onto the treadmill for 35 minutes of running at about 5.5 speed.

Why 5.5? Because, for one, its been several months since I even thought about running. Two, when starting a new exercise, you have to ease into the running. Three, I wanted to be good to my legs, heart, and fat burning times. I am trying to lean up, but I know going to fast too soon can do more harm then good. My friend told me that sometimes running at 7 for 20 minutes might not burn as much fat as running at 5.5 for 40 minutes.

My goal is to burn fat, but I want to get in shape as well. Trainers tend to say, if your running, run at a speed in which you can still carry on a conversation. If you are fumbling words or don’t make sense, your running to fast. You shouldn’t be huffing and puffing for oxygen.

After that, I did some arm curls with 20lb weights (yep, I’m a weakling), then some fly’s and a little bench press. I also did an ab workout.

I ran a total of about 3.2 miles in 35 minutes. I plan on doing this every other day and my goal is to not only lean up, but get my stamina much higher on the golf course.

This can come in handy when you are battling 90° temperatures in a tournament. The weaker your body is, the quicker your mind will give up and your swing will follow.

I read once where Tiger Woods ran 6 miles each day. Thats impressive.

What is your workout plan?