Diet, exercise help keep Langer on top of game
October 28, 2014
By Vartan Kupelian, PGATOUR.COM
- October 28, 2014
- While Bernhard Langer maintains a healthy diet, he does enjoy the occassional sweet treat. (Boris Struebel/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Bernhard Langer’s approach to golf is meticulous. He is known for his attention to detail and the comprehensive nature of his preparations.
It should come as no surprise that Langer applies the same tenets to his health and fitness. He believes in a healthy lifestyle and practices it every day which explains why a man who celebrated his 57th birthday in August continues to enjoy success on the golf course which borders age-defying.
Over the years, Langer has talked about his fitness level and how it impacts his golf. In a lengthy interview at last year’s Encompass Championship, he said there is no secret – just the implementation of a common-sense attitude that follows conventional medical advice. And, yes, genetics is a component.
“People ask me how do you stay so slim?” Langer said. “I say I eat a lot, and they look at me like I'm being funny. In a way, yes, but in another way I think that it's part of it.
“Obviously we all have different genes and I eat fairly healthy, I love vegetables and salads so I don't eat too much red meat. But I love sweets, which is totally contradictory and I've eaten lots of that.”
When Langer says his “secret” is to eat every three hours, he isn’t kidding.
“I think one of the keys is to keep the metabolism going,” he said “You need to eat constantly, not large portions but you need to eat constantly and a lot of people don't seem to agree with that. They think that by not eating 10 hours in a day and then having one big meal, I don't think that's the right way to go, but I'm not a dietitian or anything like that, I just know what works for me.”
Langer’s on-course treats are basic – fruit (bananas), nuts, perhaps a high-protein sandwich.
“I have to snack,” he said. “If I don't eat, my blood sugar level goes and I get a little fatigued. I don't focus as well, so I need to have stuff with me … something to keep you going. Like a car, I guess, you've got to give it some fuel, right?”
Of course, Langer has the advantage of a regular and rigorous workout routine. He gets plenty of exercise walking golf courses.
“I've worked out all my life,” he said. “I enjoy working out. I do a lot more when I'm home than when I'm out on tour. One thing I do every day is stretch at least twice a day, mornings and evenings, and also try and get a workout here and there even when I'm on tour, some cardio, some weights. Nothing real heavy, I've never done really heavy weights, but a lot of the younger guys do that nowadays and they find it's not detrimental.”
Langer, like so many of the Champions Tour players, is a regular visitor to the fitness van. He calls it a luxury that has extended the career of many golfers.
“The fitness trailers are really phenomenal,” Langer said. “I think it's a great facility that we have out here on tour. In my case very necessary and I'm not sure I would still be here if it hadn't been for the fitness centers.
“Even when I played in Europe, they had the same stuff and if it hadn't been for that, I think with my history of a bad back when I was 19 - I had two bulging disks, I had a very bad neck, a bad lower back - I've had numerous things going on. So I need to stretch, I need to work out and stay in shape. It's preventive, too. They help you when things start hurting or certain things go wrong, you can get some advice and point you in the right direction.”
Talk of the TOUR
Bernhard Langer talks with John Swantek on July 23, 2014