Here we go!
This is your weekly (and the inaugural!) dose of Golf Well: eating, thinking and training your way to a better game and a bigger life.
WHAT I’M EATING
RX Bars. (https://www.rxbar.com/) @rxbar
No affiliation here, I just LOVE these things.
The simple, minimal, real-food ingredients are KEY. No soy protein fillers or added sugar. 💯
They’re great as a quick on-the-go breakfast, post-workout fuel, or a midday snack.
AND they don’t have a gooey outer layer that would melt in a hot golf bag (rejoice!).
I get a box of 12 at Trader Joe’s for around $25.00, so about $2/bar. (In NYC?! Sign me UP.)
Bonus points for a SOLID Instagram account. 👌
Favorite flavors so far: Chocolate Sea Salt, Peanut Butter (but they JUST came out w/ a PB-Chocolate combo I need to try), and Coconut Chocolate.
If you end up liking them as much as I do, they have a wholesale program on their website. Sorry, Trader Joe’s. I might have to cheat on you.
WHAT I’M THINKING
One reason I’m better able to “stick with” habits that serve me well now is because I make the incremental progress so small, I hardly notice the change.
Example: I wanted to start meditating for years, but always felt overwhelmed or that I didn’t have the time.
So I started with one minute. For a whole week.
Then two minutes a week.
Then five minutes.
Now I meditate (almost) daily for 20 minutes.
By gradually increasing (literally 1%) every day/week/month, the long-term effects can be tremendously powerful.
It’s also a good reminder for day-to-day kindness.
Be 1% happier towards someone than you normally would.
Appreciate that good shot you hit (or just the people you’re with if it’s not your day) that little bit more today. 🙂
1% is always doable.
Suggested read: The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy
WHAT I’M TRAINING
This is less of an exercise and more of a post-workout recovery.
Any intense routine puts a lot of stress on our spinal cord. Heck, even sitting in a chair for hours, then hitting a hundred balls every now and then without any warmup (*please* warm up) can take its toll.
Throw in some squats, deadlifts, and minimal stretching, and we’re asking for it.
To counter these compressions, I’ve been playing with laying over the top of a stability ball (face down), relaxing my gut, and letting my lower spine “space out” for about 30-60 seconds.
I’ve also played with intra- and post-workout headstands and handstands (I can hold a handstand for about 1.5 seconds without using a wall. We’ll get there!).
If you already work out, or just want to counter the effects of gravity, try decompressing or inverting. Just be safe (I’d start with laying over a stability ball).
BONUS QUOTE FOR THOUGHT: “Honor those who seek the truth, beware of those who’ve found it.” – Adapted from Voltaire
Stay curious, friends.
Until next week!
p.s. As always, if you know someone who would find this information helpful, forward this along and have them sign up at http://corybradburn.com/golfwell. Thanks!