Golf is the perfect tonic for good health and happiness.

Golf can keep you active and help stroke prevention

Golf well-placed to tackle issue of loneliness

Keeping active and healthy can reduce the risk of a stroke by up to 27%, according to data from the Stroke Association.

When you take regular exercise, such as playing golf, it can help to lower your blood pressure and maintain a healthy weight – reducing your risk of stroke.

Any amount of exercise will help, but aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week – easily achieved when you get into golf.

‘Most strokes can be prevented’, according to the Stroke Association. ‘By making simple changes to your lifestyle you can reduce your risk of stroke.’

A stroke can happen at any age, although older people are at particular risk and a sedentary lifestyle raises your risk of an ischaemic by 50%.

Chris Larkin, Regional Director from the Stroke Association, said: “Exercise is great for everyone’s health. Regular exercise can help to lower our blood pressure and help maintain a healthy weight, which can reduce the risk of a stroke. There are lots of ways we can be more active. Those of us who find it difficult to move around should have a chat with their GP or physiotherapist about suitable exercises and activities to try.”

Here’s three ways golf can help…

Keeps you active
Counteracts a sedentary lifestyle. If your daily routine involves a lot of sitting, golf can be a great way to get moving. An 18-hole game of golf will see you take more than 10,000 steps, walk 4-5 miles and easily achieve the 150 minutes of regular exercise recommended by the NHS. Golf is suitable for everybody, whatever your age or fitness level because it is a moderate form of exercise.

Keeps you motivated
Golf helps you stick with regular exercise and build a long-term active lifestyle. It can be hard to exercise if you find it dull or unrewarding. However, the fun and sociability of golf makes it more likely that you will stick with it. Rather than a chore, you’ll enjoy meeting up with friends and family and having fun exercising outdoors. Golf gives you a sense of purpose and achievement that keeps you coming back for more.

Reduces stress
Relaxing outdoors and interacting with other people will reduce your stress. This will help keep your blood pressure within normal limits – making it less likely you’ll have a stroke.

Get into golf offers beginner courses across England, to find one near you visit Learn to Play