Getting outdoors is good for you
The benefits of regular exercise are well known but fewer people realise that getting outdoors can be even better for your health. It’s also more likely to make exercise an enjoyable and lifelong habit.
Golf really does tick all the boxes for things you need for optimal wellbeing,” says psychologist and coach Miriam Akhtar from positive psychology training. “Being outside in nature is good for your mental health and combining that with the exercise you get from playing the sport – and the social element of golf – boosts your brain’s natural feel good chemicals,” says Miriam.
You may walk around five miles and more than the daily recommended 10,000 steps when playing a game of golf. Playing regularly will help you easily achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Treading the grassy terrain of the golf course burns more calories than a straightforward walk on concrete pavements.
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.
Balance your lifestyle
When you have been stuck indoors all day, what better way to lift your mood and bring some healthy balance into your life than playing a sport among some of the country’s most beautiful green spaces? From tree-lined courses with lush grass, birdsong and wild flowers to links-courses with breath-taking views of the coastline, you’ll find yourself deep in the heart of nature when you play golf.
Boosts Vitamin D levels
Vitamin D maintains strong bones and muscle function and keeps your immune system healthy. Heading outside is a great way to keep your vitamin D levels topped through exposure to natural daylight. Nicknamed the ‘sunshine vitamin’this can help keep your bones strong by helping your body absorb calcium better.
Helps prevent Osteoporosis
Playing golf with its brisk walking and swinging action can help build strong bones and help guard against osteoporosis, a condition that makes bones more fragile and more likely to break” Niki Gonty, nurse advisor for the National Osteoporosis Society.
Being outdoors between May and September will also help you boost up your vitamin D levels for healthy bones.
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