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A New Game in Town May Improve Your Health

By Tom Herrin

Most people feel as if they have seen pretty much all of the games there are -- at least the big ones.  As people get to the point in which they feel they may not be ready for some of the more competitive games, they often move to some of the quieter games.  Many people take up golf as a game that can provide better social opportunities. But traditional golf is not the only kind that people play. A newer game has appeared in recent years in many parks and playground areas.  The most noticeable sign may be the chains that can be seen hanging in various locations around the course. This disc, or Frisbee, golf is actually becoming quite popular.

It Can Sharpen Your Mind

Throwing a disc successfully can pose a few challenges.  It is not that difficult to throw, but making it do certain things may require a little more thinking skills.  There are some simple physics involved due to playing the angles, wind, and a few other things. As with most things, practice enables people to be more successful.  Using the mind to play a game can be one more way to keep it active and, many times, avoid some common types of dementia.

It Can Improve Social Life

While disc golf may be played alone, most of the time people can be observed playing in groups.  I have often observed kids playing with church groups as I have ridden my bicycle in the park in the evening.  I have also seen many families out enjoying the activity since it is obvious that it can be played by a diverse age group.  Whether it is a date or an outing with friends or family, it seems like a fun, casual game.

It Can Be Good Exercise

When we are in need of exercise, it certainly does not have to be intense.  Disc golf is an activity that may be played as a very slow and casual game, or it may be played with greater intensity as some people choose to run or jog as they play in an effort to speed up the game.  Either way, moving around as you play can provide a reasonable amount of exercise, which is always important to good health. You will most likely get an hour or so of exercise as you play, and as you lose yourself in the fun, you may not realize it at all.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Berkeley, Calif.


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