Good for your health

Look after your health with golf

Man staying active with golf

Modern life is demanding. You can find yourself spending long sedentary hours at your desk with the pressure mounting and not enough time spent with the people you care about. But, it’s important to take time out for something you enjoy if you want to stay happy, healthy and well. Golf can be a great way to boost your health and wellbeing.

Keeps you active
Long inactive working hours sitting in front of a computer can take their toll on your health. Keep your body moving with nine-holes of golf and help reduce your risk of serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

Stay in shape
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 toning and muscle strengthening from lifting and swinging clubs. Playing nine holes burns at least 450 calories and will see you walk more than 5000 steps.

Spend time with friends
When you work hard it can be a challenge to find time to socialise. Golf is a great way to see your friends, catch up, enjoy some competitive fun   – and there’s always the option to carry on chatting afterwards in the club bar. Golf has to be one of the most sociable sports going and the unique handicap level means everybody can play a game together whatever their age or expertise.

Unwind and relax
Outdoor exercise in a green space can help reduce stress levels and boost your mood and wellbeing – ideal if work is stressful. The combination of spending time with friends, fresh air, 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.

Step away from technology
Technology now encroaches on every area of your life and you can find yourself constantly bombarded with texts, calls and emails – apart from when you head out on to the golf course. Leave the phone behind and head out without interruption for a few hours of golf, rest and recreation

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