Do you wake up early on the weekends just so you can make your 7a.m. tee time? Do you spend hours polishing your nine-iron, wanting it to look its best the next time it sends the ball straight to the green? Do you harbor delusions of being the next Tiger Woods and strut from hole to hole hoping an agent will notice you? Do you fear your life would end without a weekly round of golf? If so, I’ve got some bad news:
A recent study found that golfing was just as hard on artificial knees as jogging and tennis, making it one of the worst things you could do. The best exercise was cycling on a stationery bike, followed by walking on a treadmill or walking in general. These workouts were relatively low impact and resulted in a limited amount of pounds weighing down on the joints. So if you have a fake knee, you may want to reconsider golf or at least think about modification, and if you don’t, well you might want to anyway.
By 2030, the number of knee replacements performed annually will have increased by 525 percent. That kind of a hike means that you are more than likely to be one of the many in surgery, and one of your knees is more than likely not to be real unless, of course, you take the steps necessary to protect your joints.
• Control your weight – the rise in obesity has only helped speed the rise in joint replacements. If you keep your weight to a reasonable amount, you’ll be much less likely to require surgery. If you’re obese, losing just fifteen pounds could make a world of difference.
• Exercise – if you stretch and strengthen your muscles every day, they’ll be . . . stronger. The heartier they are, the more able to support your joints you are.
• Treat injuries – ignoring a strain or a sprain may work in the short run, but a few years from now, the story won’t be the same. Take care of yourself when the injury happens so that you won’t need a surgeon to take care of you in the future.
• Be mindful – your joints are just as important as your teeth, your heart, your mind and everything else you spend more time tending. Take care of them. Work to prevent osteoarthritis, weakness and frailty. Stay strong, and you’ll stay real.