Golf is one of the most popular, widely played sports worldwide. It is played mostly outdoors on specially prepared land measuring between 30 and 200 acres. Alternatively, players use a Driving Range to practice & strengthen their game.
Some of the top benefits of playing golf are:
- Exposure to the outdoors – The very nature of the game requires participants to be out in the fresh air where exposure to the elements relaxes the body, reduces stress & can aid in alleviating anxiety. Sunlight is a great source of Vitamin D, promoting bone growth in youth and reducing the risk of depression and heart disease. Think about it, how many elderly golfers do you know who are unwell & unhealthy? Even famous ones? Something is keeping them healthy, fit & mobile!
- Fosters relationships – It can be a great way to keep in touch with friends, provide opportunities to meet new people & help connect a community. Since golf is a game that is not as highly intense or competitive as football or basketball, there is plenty of down time & silence for interacting with fellow golfers.
- Burns calories – Golfers can cover anything between five & seven kilometres during a game. Even using a buggy can provide excellent exercise if you get out & walk from time to time, the calories can add up to 1000 and more!
- Keeps your heart rate up – Playing golf can lead to quite a bit of exercise for your heart. As is the case with burning calories, the walking, carrying and swinging will increase your heart rate, keeping it pumping and increasing blood flow. Naturally, this will lower your risks for heart diseases & decrease levels of “bad” cholesterol.
- Low-risk injury sport – Golf is a leisurely sport & compared to others the overall risk of injury is low because of it being a zero contact game. Though golf is primarily a sport of strategy, coordination & accuracy, there is some physical activity involved given the walking, swinging & pivoting. Golf is a low-risk injury sport however still provides enough physical activity to keep the muscles engaged.
- Better sleep – Since you are getting quite a bit of exercise, your tired body will thank you at night when it’s time for a long deserved rest. Golfers often fall asleep faster & sleep more profoundly remaining in a deeper sleep for longer periods of time due to the amount of energy expended. Deeper sleep is necessary for your body to regenerate cells & repair muscles and tissues.
- Reduces stress – Golf helps to alleviate stress. Being in an outdoor area where you can interact with others who share your interests is a great way to forget any troubles. The pleasure of walking in an open & natural environment & spending time with friends places golfers in a good mood. This is because playing a round of golf can release endorphins – natural, mood-enhancing chemicals within our brains, making you happier and relaxed.