This post is designed to highlight the health and wellbeing benefits associated with playing golf. These benefits are relevant to anyone who plays the game regardless of their ability and highlights how golf is good for your health.
When you go out onto the course it’s easy to get completely caught up with your swing, how you are playing and how well you are scoring. This is totally natural and I certainly focus on all of those things too. What I want to point out though is that regardless of how you are playing there are so many other things, great things, that are going on as well and these things are so easy to overlook.
We have mentioned before in previous posts that golf is more fun when you’re playing well but regardless of how you are playing every time you play you are going to experience tremendous health benefits.
Below I have listed some of the benefits you can expect each time you play golf.
During a full round of 18 holes you will spend approximately 4 hours exposed to the fresh air walking 3-4 miles on flat and undulating ground in (hopefully) pleasant company so that in itself provides excellent physical health benefits. But if we look more closely at this we can identify the actual health benefits playing golf provides and these are :
- Improves cardiovascular system
- Improves muscle tone
- Helps to strengthen lung function
- Helps keep your respiratory system healthy particularly in adulthood
- Burns calories and aids weight loss
- Increases blood flow around the body and to the brain
- Builds stamina
- Improves flexibility
- Encourages better sleep
- Improves hand-eye coordination
- Increases life expectancy.
The benefits of playing golf are not just limited to improving your physical health, more and more studies are being carried out into the psychological benefits of playing golf. Getting out onto the golf course gets us out into the fresh air and gets us closer to nature, these 2 things alone can create a tremendous feeling of well-being.
It’s been well documented that physical activity is a proven treatment for conditions such as depression and anxiety in fact walking is often referred to as an ‘anti-depressant’.
The increase of blood flow created during physical activities such as golf can also help prevent conditions such as Dementia and golf can also help to improve self confidence and self esteem and lead to an improved overall feeling of self worth.
As well as the benefits that are listed above golf can have many other closely related benefits. Golf can be a great way of developing interpersonal skills, enhancing social connections and helps exercise emotional control. Once you start playing golf it can also be a great way of keeping in touch with friends and also of course a great way of building new friendships as it provides an excellent way of meeting people.
Even if you just become interested enough in golf to want to go and watch a tournament or to walk around the course and watch friends or family play many of the health benefits will be applicable to you also, you will find plenty of people who would be very pleased to have you help them out in a caddying role that’s for sure.
During my 25 years as a PGA Professional I have experienced so many benefits to my own health and have witnessed it countless times in others but have only really appreciated just how golf is good for your health in recent years. It’s so easy to overlook this side of the game which is why I want to help as many people as possible to ‘wake up’ to the benefits golf offers.
A lot of the information I have given as I said comes from personal experience but there has recently been an amazingly in depth study carried out by The Golf and Health Project on all the health benefits of playing golf. If you have enjoyed this post and would like to really find out more on this subject then please click here
Many thanks for taking the time to read this post, as always if you have any questions on this subject or anything related to it please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.
All the best