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Stay in Shape by Playing Golf

By Paul Rothbart

There are so many ways to get exercise and stay physically fit. It's best to find an activity you enjoy to make your workouts seem more fun and less like a chore. For this reason, playing sports is a great way to exercise. They're fun, competitive, and challenging. You may not even realize how hard your body is working. Many sports are very taxing and may be too much for older adults or those with physical limitations. For those people, golf may be just the ticket. Although it's a low-impact sport, golf provides more exercise and health benefits than you may think. Here are some reasons to consider becoming a recreational golfer.

It Can Burn Calories

An 18-hole golf course covers a lot of territory. To play an entire game, you have to traverse all of it. That is a fair amount of walking, especially if you don't use a cart. Walking the course burns 700 calories per 18 holes as opposed to just 400 if you ride. That is a significant workout. Even if you play once a week, you have your exercise covered for that day. If you have the time to play more, you can get most of your weekly exercise just by hitting the links. 

It Gets You Out In Nature

Fresh air and sunshine are beneficial to both physical and mental health and golf is an outdoor game. You're surrounded by nature. Grass, trees, and shrubs keep the air clean and are pleasant to look at. You may also see animals in wooded areas surrounding the course. There is a peaceful zen feeling to golf that few sports can match. Being out in the sun stimulates the production of the essential nutrient Vitamin D. 

It's Mentally Stimulating

Golf provides challenging situations and requires extreme concentration. This stimulates the brain and is an excellent way to maintain good mental health. Playing a round of golf helps you work on your problem-solving skills. It also strengthens the mind-body connection and enhances fitness. Many people find golf relaxing and stress-reducing, which is a great benefit to overall health.

Camaraderie

Although you can play alone, golf is a social sport, often played in pairs or foursomes. Friendly competition, encouraging each other and chatting about anything and everything often accompany a round. Being with others causes the brain to produce dopamine and serotonin, the chemicals that improve mood. Feeling better mentally helps you to feel better physically and can make exercise more effective.

Regular exercise is vital to good health. Workouts that are fun are the best way to go. Golf is a challenging sport that can be very enjoyable and provide a number of benefits for your overall health. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Draper, Utah

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