There are so many wonderful health benefits of golf, from anecdotal sources to concrete scientific evidence and everything in between. But, just how good is the game for your mind and body? Well, we have compiled our top 7 reasons why golf is one of the most beneficial sports you can play.
The game of golf is both physically challenging and mentally stimulating and while golf may not be considered demanding physically, just one round means that you are outside and moving around, walking at a brisk pace, often times, for several hours. Aside from the physical, you are constantly using your brain for mental challenges that you face during the game of golf.
With all of that said, let's dive in!
If walking in the fresh air and socializing with other golfers and friends does not make you super happy, then I do not know what does! With added mental challenges. golf also releases endorphins, which are natural 'mood-enhancing' chemicals in your brain. Release of endorphins makes you happy and relaxed.
Grabbing your Golf Cart Battery Charger and charging up your electric Club Car, EZGO or Yamaha and cruising around the course is excellent for the mind body and spirit. Having a bad day? Grab a couple of your buddies and hit the course. Work getting you down? No worries! Swinging the clubs for a couple hours is sure to ease the stress you are feeling and helps you forget about whatever might be getting you down.
Like with any form of physical exercise, moving and grooving gets the blood pumping to your heart. You may think that golf is just a leisure sport that does not require much movement, BUT, that is the best part about golf. You are exercising and getting your blood pumping, without even knowing that you are doing it! Things like:
- Carrying your golf bag (or installing / lifting your golf bag from a Golf Cart Golf Bag Attachment that is mounted on your golf car)
- Walking the course
- Swinging your clubs
All of these things increase your blood flow and heart rate. Increasing your blood flow and heart rate reduce your risk of a stroke and diabetes. There can also be positive effects on reducing harmful cholesterol and blood pressure, even better if you combine that with a healthy lifestyle and diet. The NGF (Norwegian Golf Federation) discovered that while playing an 18-hold round of golf, that the player has an average heart rate of 100BPM (beats per minute), over a two to five hour period. Who knew?!
It is no secret that fresh air and exercise are an excellent combination for improved sleep. Walking the course and hopping in and out of your Club Car, EZGO or Yamaha golf car will give you great exercise. Regular physical activity and exercise helps you to fall asleep faster and remain in deep sleep for longer periods of time. There is no better repair for your muscles than rest and sleep.
Clive Ballard, the director of research and discovery at the Alzheimer's Society notes that "Whether it is going for a job or walking the golf course, keeping physically active is a great way to keep your heart and your brain healthy. By keeping active, you make sure brain has a good, strong blood supply, which is essential to help it function better now and in the future."
Walking regularly on a daily basis strengthens the brain's memory circuits. What better way to accomplish that, than by playing golf regularly?
Per the statistics, the golden number of steps per day that are needed to see some significant weight loss, is 10,000 steps. We bet you did not know that, the average 18-hole round exceeds (EASILY) this recommended number, especially when you decide to walk more than you normally would.
The NGF (Norwegian Gold Federation) has discovered that most recent research projects (accurate to those in Germany, Japan, Sweden and Norway) reveal that a great amount of calories can be burned while playing golf.
Female Players: Approximately 1,500 calories
Male Players: Approximately 2,500
What better way to drop a few pounds, than to do what you love?
Low-Risk Of Injury
Popular for all ages, but especially popular for the mature-in-age folks, golf is the perfect sport to keep you active in sports, without running the risk of injury. Played on a gently rolling turf/surface, golf is a low-impact activity that is the perfect way to burn calories and have some serious fun, all while being safe. No tackling or body checks in this sport!
Longevity / Live Longer
A study was done by Swedish Karolinska Institute Professor, Anders Ahlbom and they found that golfers have a 40% lower death rate. That corresponds with a 5-year increase in the life expectancy of the average golf gamer.
Balance and muscle endurance in older folks are improved by playing golf and it is also likely to improve cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic health. Researchers have also found that golfing could also help those who suffer chronic diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon / breast cancer and stroke, as well as helping reduce the risk of dementia, dementia and anxiety.
All of these things have proven to prolong ones life.
Overall, the health benefits of golf are much greater than we seem. Golf also has a much broader and greater impact on our quality of life and well-being, even more-so than we ever realize.Taking into consideration how great a good golf course / golf facility can appeal to folks of all walks of life and age groups, golf is truly a wonderful way to get your exercise in, prolong your life and keep your brain stimulated, all in the name of F-U-N, fun!
We hope this article encouraged you to get out there and pick up your clubs and get a round of golf in. You will be happy you did! Check out all of our other Resources available. Lot's of great reading for a rainy afternoon!