With its powerful combination of stress-busting exercise, fresh air and socialising – golf is one of the best ways to get moving and make some positive lifestyle changes that can help protect you.
According to NHS Choices exercising is an important way to reduce your risk. “It’s been suggested that regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by as much as a third,” advises the Government-backed information service.
Here’s how golf can help…
Keeps you active
You will use more energy than you would think. When you play 18-holes you will walk four to five miles, burn at least 900 calories, take more than 10,000 steps and easily clock up the 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week recommended by the NHS to keep healthy.
Motivation and staying power
A study from Ohio State University found that people find it far easier to stick with outdoor exercise, like golf, because it’s more appealing and fun than an indoor workout. Golf is inherently sociable and you’ll meet lots of new friends to play with. Exercise will feel easy and enjoyable rather than a chore - which is why golfers are more likely to acquire a lifelong exercise habit.
Helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle
Feeling better about yourself and staying fit in the fresh air will also help motivate you to make some other lifestyle changes that can help reduce your risk, such as eating a healthy, balanced diet and reducing your alcohol intake. You’ll develop great friendships through golf, which will help you feel happier and more able to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
To get started
Find a beginner course near you, equipment will be provided so all you need to do is book and turn up on the day in comfortable clothing.