How I am Playing Golf again after 9 Years

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Celebrate sunPersonal Core Value: Health

I read a story about how health was recommended as the number #3 priority in your life and I think that was absurd.

Health should be your # 1 priority and personal value as it affects not only your own life but all the people’s lives around you.

Life sucks sometimes. About 9 years ago I had to be helped off my local golf course as my back gave way and I couldn’t even load my clubs in my car. Luckily someone helped me that day. I went home to bed and resigned myself to a life without golf. I have 2 herniated discs in my back and the pain was constant at that point. The pain affected all aspects of my life. During vacations I would be stuck injured and in pain at times, only to hobble to the beach. I was afraid to pick up anything I began popping anti-inflammatory constantly.  I also missed sports and golf terribly.

I walked and walked in Las Vegas.  I walked the Las Vegas strip about 5 years ago each night and each night I felt a bit better.  

Now I exercise every day. I have eliminated all my back pain, sleep better, reduced stress dramatically, eat healthier, wake up earlier and am much happier. I have strengthened my core, which now supports my lower back.  Oh and did I mention I play Golf now?

I exercise in the morning.  I was consulting at a client this year and was flying each week. Being away from home means your team becomes your extended family. After we would finish a particularly rough day it was easy to head out for drinks and dinner.  That meant missing a work out. So I simply get up a bit earlier and work out in the morning. I work out between 30 and 40 minutes a day alternating between treadmill and the elliptical machines. And the treadmill is not a run, it’s a fast walk.

I watch Netflix as I work out.  Working out on an elliptical or treadmill machine is like watching paint dry. Not very exciting. I watch Netflix on my IPhone as I work out. I have watched everything from the entire West Wing series to Family Guy.

I am getting my Golf Game back.  I used to play in the mid – eighties and it took some time to get my touch back and take a pretty good cut at the ball when driving.  I’m amazed and grateful I can play golf again.

Health and exercise is my number one priority and personal value. Good health is unquestionably improving my work performance, relationships, stress level, self-confidence and over all lifestyle. Why wouldn’t I make it my number #1 priority?

Terry Vermeylen is the founder of My Life Changes and wants you to help you to cultivate new habits to bring infinite joy into your life. Please like and share this article! Oh …and sign up for the newsletter.

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