Golf is Beneficial Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally
Most of the time, non-golfers think that golf requires minimal physical exertion, thus offers little health benefits. Since players mostly ride carts and just stop occasionally to hit the ball, well while standing still. So, how can this kind of “sports” be healthful?
Well, here is a fact: golf is a healthy sports that can strengthen the body, boost flexibility, and enhance the mood and mental acuity. So, this “non-athletic” sports is still beneficial, health-wise, right?
It is ideal to walk the course, instead of riding a cart, in order to burn more calories, take some cardiovascular exercise, and strengthen your agility. But, riders can, as a matter of fact, enjoy this positive effects, as well. Doing practice swings can greatly improve flexibility, balance, posture, circulation, muscle tone, and lower-back strength. You can actually make your upper and lower body and abdominal muscles stronger with golf.
Playing golf also improves eye-hand coordination and mobility. Practicing on golf swings can actually help people with arthritis and other chronic pain because the movement gently unlocks joints and muscles.
More importantly, golf can strengthen your brains, too. Golf can teach you how to control your emotions, strategize, make various decisions, and do specific skills that may lead to a boost in self-confidence, visual memory and creativity.
While the actual games can have various frustrating aspects, playing golf can help improve your mood in general, both in and off course. Playing can boost endorphin, a happy hormone; while spending time under the sun promotes production of Vitamin D, an important nutrient.
Plus, this could be really amazing: a study conducted by Karolinska Institutet of Sweden states that golfers have a 40% lower death rate compared to non-golfers. So, that’s roughly 5 years added to your life.