When you think about improving your overall health and fitness you think about the sort of exercise you can do, but you probably don’t think about golf. Golf is usually seen as a leisurely sport, and something to take up when you retire, but actually it has many health benefits for people of all ages.
It’s a great way to get in a workout without having to run, skip, and jump or any other high impact activity. Even the most novice players can reap the health rewards from a round of golf.
Here are the reasons why golf is so good, and how you can make it even better.
Get your blood pumping
There’s no denying that golf requires a lot of walking, the average course is between five and eight miles long. Plus the walk back to the clubhouse is usually about a mile so by walking at a brisk pace you could burn around a whopping 250 calories at the end of your game alone.
Even though golf isn’t an intense cardio workout you could still see some weight loss in just a few weeks if you combine it with a healthy diet.
Top tip: ditch the golf cart and carry your own clubs. If your golf club doesn’t require you to use a golf cart then leave it at the clubhouse. By walking between holes and carrying your clubs you’re combining a cardiovascular workout with a weight bearing exercise. This will increase your calorie burn, improve your bone health and give your metabolism a boost.
Have a better night’s sleep
Golf is an outdoor game so it’s pretty obvious that you’re going to get plenty of sunshine. Whilst you’ll need to invest in a good sun cream to stop UV rays from damaging your skin, the sun does provide a very useful nutrient – Vitamin D.
Not only does Vitamin D increase energy levels, improve mood, aid calcium absorption and generate cell growth, it also gives us a better night’s sleep. Research has shown that those who take regular exercise have a better mental outlook, and this means they get a better night’s sleep.
Top tip: play at least one game a week. A game of golf usually takes between two and four hours. This means that you could get the recommended amount of exercise in just one game. Regular exercise means you’ll find it easier to sleep and have fewer interruptions, even if you only play one game a week.
Keep calm and carry on playing
Golf isn’t just a form of exercise, it’s also fun and sociable. By interacting with others who enjoy the same things as us we increase our self-esteem and overall levels of happiness.
Top tip: Book a few golf breaks with your friends. Spending your holiday playing golf might not seem like the most exciting activity but when you think of all the health benefits you’d be mad not to try it. Plus most golf resorts are pretty luxurious, so it could be the ultimate holiday for family or friends.
Rob Rudd has been writing professionaly for the past two years and can honestly say that it is the best jobs he has ever had. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys unwinding with a round of golf or a few lengths at the local swimming pool.