KYMIRA Golf are committed to keeping golfers healthy, performing at maximum and most importantly outside on the course as many days as possible! Your body does a lot for you when you exert yourself in this way, and KYMIRA Infrared Technology helps your natural processes.
In this article we explain the specific benefit of Thermoregulation from KYMIRA Infrared Compression Technology and why it is important to Golfers.
What is Thermoregulation?
While it seems like it may be an easy question, even a condescending one, it is actually worth starting by going over what Thermoregulation is to the body. It would be easy to say it is maintaining a temperature but the real work going into that task are vital to understanding how Thermoregulation even relates to Golf.
Thermoregulation is the act of maintaining your thermal range at the perfect level for metabolism. By keeping yourself at a mid-range of temperatures that do no peak too high or low, you ensure you are comfortable and at easy. More than that, though, you also enable the inner workings of your body to excel.
Your body runs processes and executes functions, constantly working to reinvigorate cells, repair tissue damage, prepare muscles for elasticity and keep your brain tuned in real time to all this. It is no surprise, then, with all this work going on inside that our bodies have requirements and requests to make the magic happen. Being too hot or too cold isn't simply uncomfortable, it is a hit to your body's metabolic process.
Imagine you are trying to perform a detailed task that required finesse, but your hands were cold. Just the same as your hand would need as much precise mobility as possible, your body needs as much flow and efficiency as possible to make it happen. Any delays between action and consequence in the body, be it small delays to oxygenating a muscle or getting neurons to fire, will result in an inefficient process.
In this way, thermoregulation is not just a simple balancing act, it is in fact a whole string of processes and requirements that must live in harmony. It is not a see-saw between two variable "hot and cold" it is in fact more of a circle encompassing temperature, enzyme production, oxygenation and more.
What are the effects of Thermoregulation?
As we have explained, Thermoregulation as a process has requirements. There are not only consequences for thermoregulation being overwhelmed (I.E the shock you feel when submerged in cold water) but also consequences for Thermoregulation being performed by the body in the first place.
If you are exposed to low temperature, for example, muscles contract. Heat is soothing because it causes expansion, while cold causes contraction. This concept extends to muscle groups meaning coldness will cause stiffness. (https://belymbr.com/cold-days-stiff-bodies/) However, there are more effects than it first appears.
In becoming cold you become slower and stiffer, but this in turn causes your body to begin to try to Thermoregulate. Blood has to be pumped to extremities even more than usual, and they are the hardest areas to keep warm. The focus on processes like this create a disbalance between Thermoregulation and other processes like muscle recovery.
Not only is your body working overtime in this case, but it is also doing so at a slowed rate. This is the stage of cold where your muscles do not just feel physically contracted, but they move only after a delay when trying to use them for fine motion. This is combination of muscle effects and the efficiency of your body's communication with those fingers.
How Thermoregulation effects your golf
For a golfer, Thermoregulation enables a consistency beyond that of someone simply swinging a club. Golf requires a precise and calculated repetition while also needing adaptive and flexible muscles. If the physical effects of the cold weren't enough to ruin your grip or limit your rotational energy levels, then the slowed reactions will nip any adjustments to your muscle memory in the bud.
Studies have shown that the energy expended on not just Homeostasis, but temperature regulation specifically can be measured based on body temperature. As we lose core heat, our bodies expend energy to regulate that. This proves the body is performing this chain of processes and that in turn explains how KYMIRA Gear can help.
By giving the body enhanced blood flow, insulation, and coverage KYMRIA gear facilitates this energy expenditure that is already happening. KYMIRA helps processes that are already active become more effective, and in doing so combats these negative effects and loss of energy on processes you could be sparing. The more energy you save for muscle relaxation and recovery the better, as you won't waste energy on regulating temperature and your muscles will remain limber.
Another way in which Thermoregulation effects golf is your rotational muscular energy. To properly drive and follow-through your body has to engage almost every muscle group you have . This means multiple muscle groups must be reacting and interacting together to create the perfect drive. So, if one group is needing attention for temperature regulation and causing extra constraint or extra flexibility then the consistency is gone and your swing angle may change! This is why Thermoregulation, rather than just staying hot, is vital. Heat effects muscles more positively than cold it's true, but surplus heat is still a wasted energy expenditure!
The best KYMRIA Gear for Temperature Regulation
Now we have seen just how much Temperature Regulation effects, we can recommend the best KYMIRA Infrared Gear to maintain control over your sessions! Temperature regulation is all about coverage, so our suggested products for this week are:
- KYMIRA Golf Base Layers . These base layers were suggested last week too, as they provide unparalleled access to all the muscle groups in your upper body. This means you are insulated and regulated from neck to waist. Not to mention, base layers can be stacked on top of, further increasing insulation.
- KYMIRA Golf Leggings. Once you have your neck to waist covered, you can cover your waist to your ankles with our KYMIRA Leggings. This creates a body-length insulating layer that hugs the body and ensures every muscle is getting the flow it needs.
- Due to the nature of Thermoregulation, extremities are important. To this end, the KYMIRA Fleece Gloves are a requirement for winter golf. KYMIRA Infrared Fleece Gloves are insulating and tight, while also containing the same KYMIRA fibre as our other products. Keep your grip consistent even in the cold by helping your body regulate your extremities.