What comes to your mind when you hear or think of Golf? a massive play course with full of greenery, small white balls, couple of ponds with water, some with sand up and downs and drivers isn’t it? Yes, but there is another side to it and that is health benefits. WOW, I know you must be thinking every sport has health benefits what’s so special about golf? Completely agree and we will discuss the 7 key health benefits of golf.
- Weight Loss
Do you know a full, 18-hole round of golf takes a walk of around 6-7 miles? If you take a walk of 18-hole round, even on a flat course, this equates to expending around 1,500 calories and even more if the course is particularly surging. Well, say that you just want to choose to ride in a golf pram rather than walking, or you just want to stick to a round of 9-holes, will still lose more calories than an energetic, exhaustive gym workout. The kind of fitness you can achieve with massive walking is just amazing and helps you maintain lean physic.
Now we know golf involves lots of walking. Also, the golf swing enables movement of all body mussels. Each full swing involves complete movement of legs, arms, back, and abdomen, with numerous reiterations over the course of a round, you would feel a difference in your energy levels. Not just this, some stretching exercises before stepping into also helps in flexibility of muscles. Ultimately, swings provide a greater exercise without pain and keeping you focused at the same time. However, a note of caution for beginners, excessive practice swings might create some problems in the wrist and shoulders. Hence, it’s better to build the iterations and speed gradually.
- No Pain and No Stress
Golf is a “NO PAIN and NO STRESS” sport. Be it any sport, in most of the physical games lot of stress is built on knees. Since golf is a low impact game, joints are not subject to the stresses and strains and everyone can play and enjoy this game. Golf is the ideal game for older players, who certainly unable to play heavy physical games such as tennis, football etc, as they did in their younger years, can still enjoy this wonderful sporting activity.
- Physical Fitness
People try so many things to stay fit and healthy, but Golf games does that while keeping you entertained, focused and without any pain. A round of golf can form a superb part of a physical fitness programme, for players of every age and both sexes.
- Reducing Stress and Anxiety
A massive course with full of green grass and trees, everywhere greenery feels so nice and pleasant to eyes. A long walk on the course with full of fresh air without any pollution does wonders for endorphin and serotonin levels. Eventually, this enables enhanced mood and reduced levels of stress and anxiety. Just forget that busy life and the hassles of day-to-day living the game can provide great relaxation.
- Maintaining Mental Alertness
Golf is a game that needs to huge focus and concentrations, its not just putting the ball in a whole with 100+ swings. You need to be alert about multiple factors of a shot, what should be the speed, angle and distance and other various facets of the game all aid in keeping the mind sharp.
- No serious injury
No physical activity comes with zero risk of injury, but golf is certainly a low-risk sport. As a ‘low impact’ form of activity, golf rarely exposes you to the risk of serious injuries. Of course, it is possible to hurt yourself. But perfecting your form and being careful when carrying your golf bag should protect you from golfing injuries.
Steve Bennett is a golf enthusiast. Golf has always been his passion and ever since he can remember. He is in love with this sport and writes at Unique Golf Gears to help others improve their game.