A golf round takes about 4 hours to be completed, to which we must add travelling to the golf course and the warming up time. In total, a golf player usually spends between 5 and 6 hours to complete a golf round, and he must take care of his diet during that time if he wants to achieve top level performance and get to the 18th hole in good conditions to play.
Many professional and outstanding amateurs are aware of how vital eating well is. In fact, there is an increasing awareness of how important is to take care of the diet not only before playing, but also during the golf course. Top players don’t eat just anything they want, they have the advice of nutritionists that guide them, always looking for the best way to give their bodies the nutrients needed before, during and after the game.
The ultimate goal is to perform in major events at the highest level possible. In those tournaments rivals do their best too and the player is under a lot of stress, so a good nutrition can make the difference between players who reach the end of the tournament witch chances of wining and those who don’t. Heat, pressure and fatigue can affect golfers greatly when they have played several rounds with stress at its limit, so it’s vital to maintain hydration, sugar and other elements at their adequate levels to avoid losing precision with the club.
In business, there’s the same need of eating well. Our body needs nutrients to maintain an optimum level of performance during an eight hour working day. It’s not about achieving the same performance all day long, but good nutrition allows workers to perform at the expected levels during work time, avoiding unexpected low performance at work.
An inadequate nutrition can lead to low productivity in a work team, and that will impact directly to the business’ results. But not only that, work teams under a lot of stress are exposed to health problems due to inadequate nutrition.
Among the factors that lead to bad eating habits among workers are: long work days, non respected schedules, meetings at lunch hours or at the end of the work day. People have a series of obligations in their everyday life, and if they can not accomplish them because they are working, they will need to take time from something else, and lunchtime is a common choice.
A company must take care not only of planning adequate schedules for the workers, but also of the food available at the workplace. Vending machines are one of the most common sources of inadequate nutrition, as the products sold are sandwiches, candy bars, cookies, chips and other snacks with high levels of fat, salt and sugar, but no vitamins or other essential items for the proper functioning of the body.
Collapses at the final holes of major tournaments are not a coincidence nor only the result of great stress, but usually the result of a bad hydration or nutrition during the course. If we see how well nutrition is taken care of in the golf course for a 4 hour round, why shouldn’t workers do the same if their workday is at least twice that time?