The Gripping System
For people who are unable to grasp the small, standard handle of a golf club, the Gripping System for clubs gives a larger circumference at the golf club, and provides a better grip. A device made to securely fit at the butt end of the club, increases the diameter surface which would then be easily gripped, and could be quickly removed. This device, the Gripping System, is a specially made plastic that enlarges the circumference of the butt of the club for a better grasp. This system is quick, convenient, secure and economical. Furthermore, the player is allowed to maintain a relatively natural golf swing (Wong).
The Gripping System is indeed a breakthrough. Since some golfers are having a hard time to have a good grip of their clubs. This device would be of great help for them to play well in field, without the hassle of slipping the club off their grasps.
Gearing up for Golf
Unlike any other tiring sport, a person who plays golf still needs to have great deal of strength and stamina. The key components of fitness include strength or power, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance.
For strength and power, we need to develop the muscular strength that is essential for generating club head speed; leg pressing, leg curl, chest cross, and neck flexion are some of the recommended exercises.
For flexibility, daily stretching is already of big help to develop a full, fluid golf swing. However, it is not recommended to save stretching until five minutes before tee off. It is advised to always warm up the muscles before the stretch to increase the range of motion and prevent injury.
Lastly for cardiovascular conditioning, this is essential to keep the player’s energy up during a long round of golf play. The conditioning could help the player deal with stress. It is then recommended to have 20 minute walk like thrice a week or any aerobic equivalent to improve this (“Gearing up for Golf”).
I strongly agree with the article because even in any heavy activity, a warm up is highly advised so not to stress up the muscles and damage them while in action.
Syndrome X is not a newly discovered disease but predisposition to another disease like diabetes of cardiovascular disease. It is also a metabolic disease somewhat related to diabetes type 2, or the diabetes type with impaired glucose tolerance.
Insulin is responsible for getting energy, in the form of glucose, into the body’s cells. Obese or overweight individuals are predisposed to glucose resistance. Family histories for this metabolic disease also occur to their generation to generation, thus genetic in nature. Women with a history of gestational diabetes of polycystic ovarian syndrome are affected by an increase prevalence of metabolic syndrome. Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for the disease but to reverse its root causes, and manage or improve the lipid profiles of the patient say their caloric intake to avoid obesity and excess weight gain (Reaven).
This Syndrome X disease is a bit complicated and has a very little distinguishable signs as the Type 2 diabetes. Studies should still be further conducted to be able to explain and distinguish this to what we are most familiar of which is diabetes.
Body Fuel: What to Eat Before and After a Workout
“Food is Fuel” as doctors always say. It is our fuel to sustain energy during workout. It is proper nutrition that we need the key to consistency and longevity. It is advised to avoid fatty foods before workout because they won’t get digested well during workout. Doctors recommend us to wait for an hour or two after a small meal before workout.
Before a workout, the best bet combos include the following: low-fat yogurt with a sliced banana, skim milk blended with frozen fruit to make a smoothie, low-fat cottage cheese with pineapple chunks, whole wheat bread, hard-boiled eggs yolks removed and the like. After a workout, some of their recommendations are; stir-fried chicken and vegetables, whole grain cereal or oatmeal, with milk and fruit such as sliced banana and as such.
However, we must bear in mind that these foods alone are not enough to provide us enough energy at workout. Proper hydration is needed as well, and the idea is to drink enough before feeling thirsty and to continue fluid intake even when not thirsty. This should then be enough to keep us going (Bergman).
Good nutrition is indeed advised specially to those sporty people. This would help increase the sources of energy needed during workout. It is also essential to keep our body hydrated to be able to replenish our tired muscles.
‘Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day’ — Really?
The 8 glasses of water a day being recommended by doctors are according to Dr. Hainz Valtin, lacks scientific evidence. Valtin thinks that this concept may have started when the Food and Nutrition Board recommended approximately “1mL of water per calorie of food” which would amount to roughly 2-2.5 quarts/day.
He states that even our food intake has water and could be included to the fluids we take in. He stated some of the disadvantages of high water intake like frequent urination and higher expense to those who wants to satisfy the 8 glasses/day requirement (Heinz Valtin).
I don’t see any harm in drinking 8 glasses of water per day. Even if there’s no scientific evidence for these, as long as it doesn’t do me harm, then why worry?
American Society for Cancer developed an acronym which read as CAUTION; Change in bowel or bladder habits; A sore that does not heal; Unusual bleeding or discharge; Thickening or lump in the breast or elsewhere; Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing; Obvious change in wart or mole; Nagging cough or hoarseness.
This persisted as the warning for cancer for the public until 1980 when what used to be Cancer Danger Signals were changed (Hampton).
This acronym is indeed of good help for the public to further understand cancer. When any of these signs is seen in an individual, they would not hesitate but to go to the hospital for a check up. It increases the people’s awareness about cancer and together combat the disease.
The individual’s status affects its response to stress. An individual under stress is predisposed to diseases so it must be reversed. An individual with an immunosupressed condition is even more possible to get stressed and to develop disease. Stress in not a disease but a condition where the overall condition of an individual is tired and compromised. It is then recommended to have proper rest to reverse stress and to prevent a disease from occurring from this condition (TAPP and NATELSON).
There are different factors that could contribute to stress such as lack of sleep, to much travel, work, thinking and any conditions that involves our mental, physical and emotional being. So in order to combat stress, we just need to manage these conditions, because as the article stated, our present status is contributory to stress’ effects.
It not just about manners, but is also associated with friendly matches, the pace of the play and the safety of the golfers. Other rules of etiquette relate to maintaining the quality of the golf course making it an important part of the game especially to newcomers playing with experienced ones (School).
It is indeed essential to any player to learn etiquette. This would make the game a fair play and much enjoyable.
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