How do you combat jet lag? Collin Morikawa has 3 ideas

Collin Morikawa mentioned it is necessary to develop a routine to keep away from jet lag.

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Welcome to Street Guidelines, a sequence by which we choose the brains of professional golf vacationers, starting from skilled golfers and caddies to globetrotting course raters and academics. We’ll unlock their must-have journey objects, go-to airline ideas and extra to tell you to your subsequent golf tour.


Collin Morikawa had been in Japan for about 30 hours, and his espresso consumption? It was excessive. As for meals? Not a lot.

“Man, is it robust to eat if you’re actually hungry but in addition you’re actually drained,” Morikawa mentioned on Wednesday, talking to the media forward of this week’s Zozo Championship outdoors of Tokyo. “You wish to eat however you wish to go to sleep.”

Excessive-level professional golf is a global sport, and discovering methods to beat jet lag is essential. Morikawa is an efficient one to present recommendation, too, as his sport has translated properly away from the States. In addition to his U.S. victories, he’s additionally received in England and Dubai. And whereas a millionaire professional golfer would possibly journey a little bit in a different way than these of us studying (and writing) this text, there are nonetheless priceless takeaways he can present to anybody trying to plan and execute that abroad golf journey.

Listed below are three ideas Morikawa talked about on Wednesday that assist him keep sharp after lengthy flights.

1. Discover your routine

Morikawa mentioned the extra you journey, the extra you find out how your physique reacts to the adjustments. Nevertheless it’s the small issues behind the scenes that make a giant distinction. (We’ll get to these subsequent.)

“Usually it does take longer, however you’ve received to determine a routine,” Morikawa mentioned. “Whenever you present up on a Tuesday morning and also you’re teeing it up on Thursday, you’ve received to determine it out.”

2. Sleep is a very powerful

Maybe it’s apparent, however it’s value reiterating. Morikawa mentioned getting on a standard sleep schedule is a very powerful factor to do.

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It begins earlier than the airplane takes off, too, specialists say. Starting a visit sleep-deprived is a foul strategy to kick off any journey. It even helps to coach your physique for just a few days earlier than leaving. For instance, in case you are going east, go to mattress a little bit earlier for just a few days previous to your journey. Going west? Fall asleep later. Little tweaks like this might make a giant distinction in how your physique acclimates.

3. Don’t neglect the little issues

Hydrating and stretching go a good distance, and the latter is one thing youthful golfers skip over far too usually.

“Whenever you’re caught on a airplane, although you may be laying down, you’re caught in a single spot for 10 to 12 hours,” Morikawa mentioned. “It’s uncommon that you simply’re simply caught in a confined area like that.”

A foam curler is a good merchandise to deliver with. GOLF High 100 Trainer Matt Wilson, the director of instruction at Baltusrol, says it’s one in every of three must-have objects golfers ought to at all times journey with.

“Your physique will get so compressed if you find yourself touring by air and even by automotive,” Wilson mentioned. “You’re sitting in cramped areas for a very long time and also you finally swing round your setup. So simply ensuring you get your entire entrance aspect of your physique opened up and establishing good posture and ensuring your rib cage isn’t too tight, your hips aren’t too tight.”

As for hydration, it’s necessary to devour water earlier than, throughout and after flying. Alcohol and caffeine, whereas they may hit the spot on the time, can really harm your sleep and trigger dehydration.

So in brief, keep in mind that the following time you e-book that bucket-list buddies journey, the planning begins properly earlier than the airplane takes off.

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Josh Berhow is the managing editor at The Minnesota native graduated with a journalism diploma from Minnesota State College in Mankato. You’ll be able to attain him at [email protected]

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