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  • Writer's pictureRobert Adams

Stretching Just A Little

Updated: Mar 26, 2023

I’VE PLEDGED TO IMPROVE MY FLEXIBILITY in my shoulders especially for the up-and-coming golf season. It seems like a reasonable objective.

It is my winter and spring focus for 2023 - to improve my conditioning and then work at it year round. Losing twenty pounds along the way would also be a nice thing to do. I’ll have to factor that into my plans as I record this activity in my daily healthful journal.

My expressed interest to my physician generated a prescription for a couple months of physical therapy. We collectively decided to go this route rather than the cortisone injections in my shoulders that we've done the last few years with limited success.

In my nearly seventy-four years, I have only done physical therapy one other time after I broke a bone in my foot as a teenager which landed me in a walking cast for six weeks. The cast lasted about half that period as I was a very active thirteen-year-old and the plaster cast basically disintegrated while on my paper route and as I played golf. Moisture and plaster don’t mix too well - yes, another lesson I've learned in life.

Shoulder and joint pain can limit one's range of motion during the golf swing. My buddy, Gene, and I, last year decided we would give the senior tees a try cognizant of our diminishing length especially off the tee box. His issue was mostly attributed to a coronary by-pass in early spring. What a pair we were. Lots of laughs.

Thank goodness for beer in our coolers and summer weather loosening our bodies up. Our short game really came alive especially with the power of positive thinking. That, and being thankful we had another day to enjoy life and golf. Funny how that works!

So, if I can stick to a routine of varied stretches that I am learning I expect that I will:

  1. Hit my drives 20 yards further.

  2. Not wince when I take a divot.

  3. Drive my cart better.

  4. Win 1-up on every nine we play.

Here's to my exercise routine. Spring is coming. Poor Gene won't believe the new Bob.

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