Golfing Fore! Your Health
In previous weeks, we have discussed the best ways to improve health from home. However, getting out and active is just as important as your at home health care; Denver to Colorado Springs, we’re calling out all golfers this week as we relay the ways the sport benefits its players in honor of National Golf Month!
Personal health care is important, and most people get back what they put into a typical workout routine. Luckily for golfers, the benefits are anything but par for the course. In fact, golfers not only lose weight and lower their heart rates, but they also consistently show reduced risk of stroke, diabetes, and harmful cholesterol. Studies have also shown that regular golfers can increase their life span on average by 5 years. Golfing also has the ability to strengthen the bladder over time. Players spend time outdoors without proximity to restrooms which eventually retrains their bladders, improving their bladder strength and capacity.
Mental health is just as important as physical health as we age. Golf is a proven brain stimulant according to many sources. The key to aiding brain functioning is to keep it loaded with a good blood supply. By walking around the course, no matter the pace, blood flow is increased to the brain. This can help golfers with memory, associative reasoning, and all other cognitive functions.
Time spent outdoors, first of all, increases the body’s levels of vitamin D which lowers anxiety. By walking in the fresh air, the body naturally releases endorphins which improved mood and increases feelings of relaxation. For most, golf is also a very social sport. Walking and talking with friends and acquaintances who share similar interests is a great way to reduce stress, talk through issues, and feel comfort.
Low Injury Risk
A lot of the appeal of golf for older participants is that risk of injury is very low. Walking is a low impact way to increase the activity level of an individual. Most risk of injury actually comes from the golf swing itself, but with proper instruction, risk is low there as well. It is important for those new to the sport to take their time learning the proper way to swing their new clubs to avoid injury.
Any amount of exercise is important for those living more sedentary lives. With exercise, people typically feel more tired as their bodies are accustomed to working less vigorously. Increasing activity levels with golf can help people fall asleep faster and, once asleep, they are more likely to stay asleep. Aside from not waking up multiple times during the night, golfers also experience deeper, REM sleep which is where the body begins to heal itself and generate new cells.