Being active can help keep your heart healthy and golf is a great way to build physical activity into your life without getting hot and sweaty. It’s easy, fun and sociable and it’s good for your heart. It can also improve the way you look and feel.
The British Heart Foundation estimates that there are seven million people in the UK living with cardiovascular disease which is responsible for nearly 70,000 deaths each year.
Getting active with golf will keep you moving which can help prevent and manage a variety of conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. Golf will have a real impact on your health and wellbeing from the minute you start but it will also help protect you in the future too.
Here’s how golf can help…
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.
Get active and stay active
Keep your heart healthy by being active. Playing 18-holes will take more than 10,000 steps because it involves walking four to five miles. It will also help you achieve the 150-minutes of exercise a week recommend by the NHS Choices. You’ll find it far easier to stick with group exercise, like golf, because it’s more appealing and fun than getting active on your own.
Help to maintain your weight
Golf can help you achieve a healthier body shape and appearance. Many people assume you have to pound the treadmill to achieve a healthy weight and are surprised to find out that golf can really help you reach and stay at a healthy weight. 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 will burn at least 900 calories.
Make a step change in your life
Learning a new skill like golf can be the first step in 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 can 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.