Golf is as much about physical, mental and emotional wellness as it is about your ability to play. Here’s why golf is so good for you.
There are no two ways about it: Golf is good for you. And it has a profound impact on our overall health and wellbeing.
And it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are at golf, how long you’ve been playing or whether you’re male or female.
It’s easy to get caught up in scores and technical ability when you play golf, and all too often we forget about all the amazing ways the game is good for us – even on days when we’re playing badly.
Golf and physical health
Golf is more than just a sport; it's a holistic workout that involves walking, swinging and precise body movements. And playing a round of golf provides an excellent cardiovascular workout that can improve stamina, reduce the risk of heart disease and boost your overall fitness levels.
Walking the course, carrying or pulling a golf bag, and even just bending down to pick up your ball all contribute to strengthening the muscles and improving flexibility.
As a low-impact exercise, golf puts less strain on joints and bones compared to higher-impact activities, making it a suitable option for anyone who wants to stay active.
And let’s not forget the time in the sun (when it eventually shines!) Exposure to that lovely natural Vitamin D is great for bone health.
Mental wellness and stress relief
Beyond the physical aspects, golf has a remarkable impact on mental wellbeing.
Time outdoors is invaluable for our mental health and offers an escape from the stresses of daily life.
Concentration, focus and mindfulness – all important elements of the game – help to improve cognitive ability. And by challenging players to stay in the present, it’s also a chance to quieten the mind of distractions and promote relaxation.
And the social connections are as equally valuable. Golf fosters a sense of belonging and support that contributes positively to mental health.
Empowerment and confidence building
Golf is a game that celebrates individuality and self-improvement. It lets players build inner strength and confidence.
Mastering new skills and achieving personal bests in golf can translate into a heightened sense of empowerment, increased self-esteem and improved self-worth.
Golf is a lifelong pursuit
Golf is a game that can be played across generations. The handicap system and adapted versions of the game make it a sport with no age limit and a platform to remain active, socialise, and continuously learn and improve throughout your lifetime.
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