Health Benefits of Golfing

You may already know how relaxing and fun golf may be, but did you realize it’s also good for your health? From improving mood, to reducing your risk for heart attack, being physically fit on the golf course has its advantages. More than 55 million people play golf around the world on 32,000 golf courses in more than 200 countries, according to Golf and Health.

Studies abound that show incredible health benefits of golfing and being physically active in general. One Scandinavian study of more than 300,000 golfers found that those who golf live five years longer on average than non-golfers, boosting cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and mental health.

Other studies show that golf can prevent and treat many chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, and can even strengthen bones and guard against hip fractures.

Yet another study found that golfers take about 12,000 steps per 18-hole round, offering heart healthy benefits that can help you live better and keep a slimmer waist line. However, the health benefits aren’t limited to the physical; there are many psychological benefits as well, including improved mood, increased confidence and reduced anxiety. Golf is also proven to increase the chances for social connections and higher self-esteem.

A Look at Specifics

For a more in-depth look into what exact health benefits golf carries, read on:

·     Heart health: Golfing gets the blood pumping to your heart. You’re doing a lot of walking, carrying your bag and swinging all day. As a result, you are lowering your risk for stroke and diabetes, as well as blood pressure and harmful cholesterol. According to The Norwegian Golf Federation (NGF), during an 18-hole round, a player has an average heart rate of 100 beats per minute, over a two- to five-hour period.

·     Brain stimulation: Taking regular daily walks can strengthen your brain’s memory circuits. You certainly do a lot of walking on the golf course in a given day. By being active, you’re ensuring a steady, strong flow of blood to the brain, essential to cognitive function today and in the future.

·     Weight loss: Overall, you need to achieve at least 10,000 steps a day for weight loss. You can easily achieve that with a day of golfing. Men can burn 2,500 calories during an 18-hole round, while female players burn 1,500 calories.

·     Reduces stress: Golf releases endorphins, which are the natural mood-enhancing chemicals in your brain. They make you feel happy, calm and relaxed.

·     Better sleep: When exercise and fresh air are combined, this acts as a great sleep inducer. Not only will walking the course give you an incredible workout, you’ll sleep better for it at night so your muscles can repair.

·     Low injury: Compared with other sports, golf is a low-impact activity that’s easy on the joints. This way, you can burn calories at a lower risk of injury.

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Posted by admin at Jul 24, 2018 Category: Other
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Health, Benefits