Being active can help keep your heart healthy and golf is a great way to build physical activity into your life without getting hot and sweaty. It’s easy, fun and sociable and it’s good for your heart. It can also improve the way you look and feel.
The British Heart Foundation estimates that there are seven million people in the UK living with cardiovascular disease which is responsible for nearly 70,000 deaths each year.
Getting active with golf will keep you moving which can help prevent and manage a variety of conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes. Golf will have a real impact on your health and wellbeing from the minute you start but it will also help protect you in the future too.
Here’s how playing golf can help…
Keeps you active
Keep your heart healthy by being active. When you play 18-holes, you will burn at least 900 calories, take more than 10,000 steps and walk four to five miles. You will also achieve the 150 minutes of exercise a week recommend by the NHS. Golf offers all the known weight-loss benefits of walking combined with toning and muscle strengthening to keep your waistline in check and weight under control.
Reduces stress levels
Outdoor exercise in a green space can help reduce stress levels, enhance mood and even improve your self-esteem. 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 that help you feel happier, reduce stress and sleep better.
Spend time with others
It’s good to talk and share experiences, concerns or just get things off your chest.Golf provides plenty of time and opportunities for easy conversation as well as a ready-made topic to discuss. Spending time with others is good for our wellbeing, either strengthening your relationships with people who are close to you, such as family and friends or meeting new people.
Improve work-life balance
Give yourself some me time and recharge your batteries. Step away from technology and spend time with people doing something you enjoy. Golf is a great antidote to the long sedentary hours spent sitting at a desk. Getting out in the fresh air really can do you the world of good.
Game for all
Golf is one of the few games that everybody can play together whatever their background, experience, age or fitness. The unique handicap system means everybody can play together, either socially or competitively.
You can play as many holes as you want, from a full 18-hole game or 9-holes if you are short of time.
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