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5 Health Benefits of Golfing

By Brandi Swieter

Both men and women enjoy golf, and for good reason. There are some excellent health benefits for those who participate in this activity. Whether someone goes out for one round of golf with friends or they make golfing part of their regular routine, several advantages come into play for either party.

Reduces Stress

Golf takes place outdoors. This means it allows people to get outside and into the sunlight, giving them access to Vitamin D. The sport also typically involves multiple people. Even if a person does a round of golf alone, there are still others nearby playing the game as well and enjoying the same fresh air. Those who choose to do a simple round of mini golf with their family will have an even bigger chance to reduce their stress by socializing and spending time with loved ones.

Promotes Fitness

Exercise and weight loss are both possible while golfing. Golf usually involves at least nine holes, and can have up to 18. People do a lot of walking to make their way across the course to address the ball -- even moreso if you walk the course and don't use a cart. It helps individuals get some exercise in, and can even assist with weight loss for those who don’t regularly work out.

Improves Memory

Regular exercise, especially walking, can improve memory. The brain receives a strong blood supply during exercise, so walking across the golf course is a simple way to make it happen. The brainwork of trying to contemplate how hard to hit the ball to make it into the hole, or read angles on the putting green, also increases brain activity, thus improving the mind further.

Strengthens the Heart

Golf does not just involve walking, but also swinging the club, carrying the bag of clubs, and setting the ball on the tee. All of this activity and movement helps to strengthen the heart; it gets the blood pumping and circulating throughout the body. With an increased heart rate comes better blood flow, making any physical activity beneficial for heart health.

Improves Sleep

Those who get more exercise, as well as fresh air, tend to experience better sleep at night. It will be easier to fall asleep at night after a workout, and the body tends to stay asleep longer and in a deeper sleep, as well. Enjoy a day on the green to get a better night’s rest that evening.

Choose golfing as a way to get into shape and experience some additional health benefits. Even a round of mini golf with the kids is all it takes to get in some exercise and reduce stress.

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

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