How golf can help you beat the winter blues
When it’s cold and dark outside the last thing you might feel like doing is heading outside for fresh air and exercise. But, according the NHS choices, that’s exactly what we need to do – and it will make us feel a whole lot better.
Indeed, staying active throughout the autumn and winter is a great way to beat Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, and feel on top of the world. SAD, commonly referred to as winter blues is triggered by lack of daylight exposure. It affects up to one in 20 people in the UK with women three times more likely to suffer than men.
Here’s how golf can help…
Playing golf gets you outdoors for several hours at a time so you’ll maximise your exposure to daylight to help beat the winter blues.
A University of Essex study shows that exercising outdoors surrounded by nature boosts your physical and mental health more than going to indoor gyms – and burns up to 20 per cent more calories because your body needs extra energy to stay warm.
Wrapping up and heading outside on a crisp, cold day will make you feel alive and invigorated. There’s no such thing as ‘bad’ weather if you have the right clothes so head outside for a game of golf and you’ll feel on top of the world through the winter.
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.
Golf nurtures friendship and social ties which can help you feel happier. With plenty of time for conversation and fun, golf will lift your mood and provide you with a ready-made social life that can boost your wellbeing.
Feeling aimless can make you feel low. Golf can help you set small, healthy and positive targets such as completing a round twice a month, improving your swing or meeting up with a friend for lunch and a game. With something to aim for you’ll feel better.
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