Golf is the perfect tonic for good health and happiness.

How staying active with golf can help diabetes

Diabetes UK reports  that an estimated one in 16 people in the UK has been diagnosed with diabetes. Around 3.6 million people living with the condition have Type 2 diabetes.

However, the good news is that keeping active and healthy can lower your risk of developing this form of diabetes by up to 50%, according to NHS choices.

Inactivity is now recognised at one of the biggest risk factors to poor health which can lead to Type 2 diabetes. On average, 65% of Britons spend eight to 10 hours sitting on week days, with many sitting for eight hours at the week.

Diabetes UK says: ‘Physical activity is an essential part of everyone’s life and there are a number of compelling reasons for people with diabetes to take regular exercise.’

Here’s five ways that golf can help…

Get active and stay active
Keeping active can help stabilise blood sugar, according to Diabetes UK. It helps the body to use insulin more efficiently and regular activity can help reduce the amount of insulin you have to take.Doctors suggest that 150 minutes of ‘moderate exercise’ a week is great for diabetes – golf can help you achieve this easily.

You don't have to go it alone
With plenty of time for conversation and fun, golf is a great way to meet new people and spend quality time with friends or family. Friendships are likely to flourish, thanks to the ready-made social life at the clubhouse afterwards. Get into golf group-beginner courses are an ideal way to get to you started. Learning with others is fun and you will enjoy support and motivation from the instructor and other participants.

Help to maintain your weight
Golf can help you achieve a healthier body weight and appearance. It offers all the known weight-loss benefits of walking combined with the toning and muscle strengthening from lifting and swinging clubs. This keeps your waistline in check and weight under control. Playing 18-holes you will take over 10,000 steps and burn at least 900 calories.

Make a step change in your life
Learning a new skill like golf can be the first step towards changing to a healthier, more active lifestyle. When you master a new challenge like golf it can help you gain a sense of achievement, purpose and confidence and can boost your wellbeing. Golf helps you set targets and achieve them, which will create positive feelings of accomplishment. Learning throughout life can bring you greater satisfaction and optimism.

Feel good factor
Outdoor exercise in a green space can help reduce stress levels, enhance mood and even improve your self-esteem. The combination of moderate exercise and swinging your clubs will get your blood pumping and trigger the release of natural mood-enhancing chemicals called endorphins that help you feel happier, reduce stress and sleep better.

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