The air is fresh and the sun is shining. The grass is getting green and the flowers are beginning to bloom. My favorite part is that the Outdoor Sports are making a comeback. Football with the guys in the yard, baseball season, and a good 3 on 3 basketball game sounds great. Then there’s good old golf. There are many people who think golf is not a physical sport, but the physical health benefits are huge. Let’s look at 6 Ways Golf is Good For You:
Golf is a great way to get your walking exercises. Studies have shown that an 18-hole round approximately burns up 2,000 calories for walking while carrying clubs or 1,300 calories when riding in a cart. A walked 18-hole round, carrying a bag or using a hand/pull cart, is approximately equal to a 5-mile walk. Grab an Impact Sports Epulse 2 Strapless Heart Rate Monitor (Continuous Readings) with Pedometer Function and see how many steps you can take while on the course.
Studies have shown that an individual who weighs approximately 150-200 pounds, will burn between 2,000 to 2,700 calories by walking an 18-hole golf course. It takes 3,500 burned calories to lose one pound.
Fights Against Heart Disease
Studies show that the strong health benefits found in walking can also protect golfers against heart disease. Any form of walking is good for you, even if that means you’re just chasing after golf balls all day.
Stress can be a pain in the neck for all of us. Of course, a Thermophore Heating Pad or Ice It product can help with that. You can also use golf as a stress reliever. Being in an outdoor area where you can mesh well with others who share your interests is a great way to forget your troubles. Many golfers choose golf courses that allow them consistent access to their favorite types of holes and other benefits to keep them happy.
Stimulates Blood Circulation
Studies suggest that playing golf may actually stimulate blood circulation with your brain. This helps to improve nerve cell connections, and may actually delay dementia onset.
Weight bearing exercises are great for your bones. Individuals who do them two to three times a week can create long, lean muscle mass. Exercise of this type can help prevent bone degeneration, including osteoporosis. Carrying your golf clubs is a great way to include weight bearing into your golf game. Try using a double strapped bag to make it easier on yourself.
Now that you’ve been armed with details on how golfing is good for you, it’s time to grab a few buddies and your Garmin Approach S6 Golf Watch and hit the golf course!