10 Health Benefits of Playing Golf
Do you know the benefits of playing golf?
Along with the amount of walking involved, the golf swing in itself is great for providing a full-body workout. Each full swing exercises arms, legs, back and abdomen, with numerous repetitions over the course of a round – approximately 30+ times for accomplished players and many more for novice golfers. Attempting to improve your skills levels by practicing on the range provides great exercise, but a word of warning to beginners – hands blister easily!
A full, 18-hole round of golf involves a walk of around 5-6 miles. Even on a flat course, this equates to expending around 1,500 calories and even more if the course is particularly undulating. The less energetic players, who choose to ride in a golf buggy rather than walking, or wish to play a shortened round of 9-holes, will still expend more calories than a strenuous, lengthy gym workout (and doubtless enjoy it far more!)
Great Mental Exercise
Professional and Personal Networking
Given all of the benefits of golf, the most important people in the world, from leaders of nations to titans of business, play the game.
The better you get and the more you work your way into the golf community, the better chance you’ll have at rubbing shoulders with people who can give you advice in your professional life.
As well as being a fiercely competitive sport (assuming you want it to be), playing golf can be a great social activity. Golf clubs used to have a reputation of being the domain of the well-heeled elite. Fortunately, this reputation is well and truly outdated with the game available to players of every class, creed and budget. Modern golf clubs are welcoming to new members, with plenty of experienced players happy to pass on tips and hints to beginners. The golf clubhouse is a wonderful venue for socialising, meeting people with a variety of lifestyles and making new friends.
It’s for All Ages
Golf is a “low-impact” sport. As a result, joints are not subject to the stresses and strains of more energetic activities like tennis and running, which can lead to long-term joint damage. This makes golf an ideal activity for older players, who, perhaps unable to throw rugby balls around as they did in their younger years, can still enjoy this wonderful sporting activity.
Oneof hte most ignored benefits of playing golf is weighing up the risk / reward elements of a particular shot, totting up scores and the other various facets of the game all aid in keeping the mind sharp.
The older you get the more important it is to work your brain to ensure you stay sharp. Golf is a game of intense strategy which in many ways is more mentally exerting than psychically.
Which club will you use for this stroke? How are you going to read the terrain for your putt?
With all of the questions you’ll have to answer during a game of golf, you’ll find that your brain is thoroughly worked!
The etiquette of golf may seem intimidating at first but is easy to learn and when you do, you’ll find a real sense of community in sharing a code of conduct with golf lovers across the globe.
There is no shortage of movies and TV shows that show a golfer missing a putt, getting a bogey or knocking their ball into a sand trap which then leads to them throwing their club across the course.
What you’ll find though when you learn how to play golf is that the game gives you much more in the way of reduced stress than increased stress.
Golf focuses your attention on the game and not on all of the other strenuous things that are affecting your life. This focus allows you to relax in a way that’s similar to meditation. We believe though that if you struggle with patience, you should make it a point to take up golf, not avoid it.
Golf can help you find a sense of calm in waiting and will have a profound effect on your patience both on and off the green.
Furthermore, getting outside and exercising can have a profound impact on stress reduction.
Andrew M is standing by! You can contact Granite Springs Golf Club’s General Manager, Andrew, at (902) 852-3419 or firstname.lastname@example.org . If you want to discuss a membership he’s your man. He knows what you want and what to do. The sooner you call, the sooner we can add to our wonderful community.