Good afternoon on July 4th Eve here in the states. Tomorrow will be filled with BBQ, cold suds, and quasi-safe fireworks:)
But, before we indulge in the festivities, there’s something that’s been nipping at me the past few months…and I think it’s a real fear.
Now, a lot of golfers don’t have this fear. They carry on, day after day, working out the way they always have. Or, even worse, not doing any exercise at all.
Until…they feel a sharp, agonizing pain in their hips, knees or lower back.
And hopefully it goes away.
But, sometimes it doesn’t.
I met A LOT of patients at the beginning of my career in the physical therapy clinic, and here’s how the story goes way too often:
Bill, a guy who worked out religiously most of his life, thought his body was bulletproof because of all the training he did.
One day, he felt a stabbing pain in his hip, then everything started to go downhill from there…
He had his right hip replaced. Within a year of having that surgery, he started having trouble with his left hip. Simple enough, replace that one, too.
All was well, until his right knee started to give way.
I’ll stop there. You know where this story is going.
But my point is this: People assume that because they work out every day, that they’re not doing damage to their bodies. Even worse, many assume that because they don’t work out, their joints will be fine… forever.
We know better. I fear the surgeon’s scalpel, his hacksaw, and his hammer and chisel.
This fear serves me well.
It motivates me to get up each day and follow the Daily Motion routine we teach. It forces me to stay off the surgeon’s radar, and to do the best I can to preserve my joints for my entire life.
And it’s why I am so adamant about teaching what I have learned over the years to help preserve my joints.
I’m still in my mid 40s and my joints are doing well. Meanwhile, I know plenty of people, some of whom were teammates 25 years ago, that have already had joints replaced.
Many of them lived in pain for years. After their surgeries they said it was the best thing they ever did.
I empathize with these people. After all, many of them were my coaches and teammates. You never wanna see your buddies in pain (except when you take them for a few bucks on the course:)
At the same time, I want to avoid the surgeon for as long as humanly possible, preferably for the rest of my life. I want to live a pain-free life. And that’s one of the reasons why I train the way I do.
So, here’s to doing our best to live a pain-free life!
Your #1 Fan,
PS – The Daily Motion routine I do every single day is already installed on your calendar in the 18STRONG Membership – we feel that strongly about it.
If you only do ONE thing to help keep you playing this great game for a very long time, spend 5-7 minutes every day doing the Daily Motion.
You’ve got this!