I recently returned from The United Kingdom perusing my twin passions, Golf and fitness. As a personal trainer I need to keep my qualifications up to date. The United Kingdom is recognised as a leader in sports science and regularly hosts conferences on the latest trends in personal training. Also the game of golf was invented in the United Kingdom. So what better place for a personal trainer golf nut.
There are many new things happening in the world of personal training, however for me the biggest news is about sugar. The latest research into sugar, weight and physical fitness shows just how detrimental high levels of sugar in the diet can be. Although there is a lot of media focus on the level of fat in processed food, especially take away food, it appears that sugar is much more detrimental. It is not so much that sugar is especially bad for us, although it does only provide energy and no micro nutrients, it is that sugar has infiltrated so many foods in our modern diets. Foods like pasta, baked beans, tomato sauce, many curry sauces and even bread can have more added sugar than a can of soft drink. Of course there are many of the mentioned foods that have low levels of sugar and you really do need to read the packaging labels. However there are now many scientists who believe the obesity epidemic is due to the high levels of sugar in the average diet.
Now the fun stuff; Celtic Manor Resort is rated as the number one golf course available to the public in the United Kingdom and I would have to agree. Celtic Manor is a three hundred year old building that has been fully resorted, the course is well laid out and the greens and fairways are magnificent. However no golf trip to the United Kingdom would be complete without a visit to the old course at St. Andrews. Playing on the home of golf was a spiritual experience, was it expense, yes but who cares. The layout of the course is not like any course I have every played on. Now I have only mentioned two courses but I played about a dozen courses on my trip. All magnificent.
So that’s it a personal trainer on a golf holiday in the United Kingdom.