A sport of leisure, a gentleman’s game, a relaxing social activity… These are the phrases that are usually associated with the game of golf. But for a sport that is considered by many to be laidback and easygoing, golf actually offers a host of fitness benefits. And that too, while you are busy having fun! Here are some of the health advantages of playing golf that you can rattle off to anyone who wonders why you spend so much time on the course!
1. Good for weight loss:
Forget about hitting the gym, golf can help you lose those extra pounds. Studies state that a player can walk anywhere between 5-10 kms in one round of golf on an 18-hole golf course. Though the exact distance varies based on each player and depending on how much a golf cart is used, fact remains that you get a lot of walking done on the course. This makes the game a great way to burn extra calories. In fact, studies state that you can burn around 900 calories in just one round of golf.
2. Strengthens muscles:
Not many may know this, but a round of golf can act as an intense strength training workout for your core muscles, legs, back, shoulders, triceps and forearms. Whether you are walking, climbing uphill, carrying your clubs, crouching, pivoting or swinging, a round of golf keeps a lot of your muscle groups engaged, acting as endurance training for both your upper and lower body. All this, at a reduced risk of injuries. So, the more you play golf, the stronger you feel and the more toned you look.
3. Reduces stress levels:
When you are feeling too frazzled or wound up with work and your everyday routine, playing golf is the best way to unwind and take your mind off things. When you are on a beautiful golf course, playing by yourself or with friends, you automatically tend to unwind and enjoy the moment instead of worrying about the outside world. Playing golf also releases endorphins, or happy hormones as they are called, that makes you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
4. Increases Vitamin D exposure:
We live in a very sunny country, but surprisingly studies state that around 70 per cent of India’s population is deficient in Vitamin D, the major source of which is sunlight! And since we don’t get too much of it in our diet, a round of golf is a great way to soak up on Vitamin D, which makes your bones stronger, improves your muscle strength, helps you sleep better and enhances your mood. So slather on some sunscreen and soak up all the goodness of the sun while you tee off.
5. Adds years to your life:
Many studies have stated that golfers tend to enjoy greater wellbeing and may even live longer, thanks to the sport. Golfing helps in everything from improving hand-eye coordination, balance and muscle endurance to offering a great workout and boosting cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic health. Overall, golf also reduces the risk of mental issues such as acute stress, depression and anxiety. The game improves a player’s confidence level, social life, and is a great way to add years to your life.
So, pick up your golf bag and head out to the nearest golf course in your city. Playing golf regularly will not only bring you joy, but also help you stay fit.