What are the real golf benefits?
We all know sports are good for health. But what are the real golf benefits for your health? Before getting into that, let us be honest: most of golf benefits come from walking. So wave goodbye to the electric cart and say hello to walking and staying fit for life.
Some widely accepted golf benefits
- Golf can help you lose weight more easily within a weight loss program (see How to Lose Weight Golfing With These 5 Tips);
- It can prevent osteoporosis (see How golf can help prevent osteoporosis). On the other hand, physicians do not recommend it for people already having this condition (see Can I Golf With Osteoporosis?);
- Golf allows you to lower bad cholesterol levels (see What Is the Best Sport to Lower Cholesterol Levels);
- It is the perfect stress antidote to modern living (see Golf can help release stress);
- Golf ranks among the best activities to promote better night sleep (see Desperate for a good night’s sleep? Play golf…);
- It adds 5 years to life expectancy to those you make it one of their favorite activity (see Playing golf can add five years to your life, according to researchers);
- It allows you to socialize and improve your relationships, since you can play it with strangers, friends and family alike. To find out what kind of course is best for your playing partners, read my article A Crucial Decision: Choosing Your Golf Course.
Nevertheless, as with any sports, some words of caution are in order (see Can Sports be Dangerous For Your Health? and Golf and Low Back Pain). And do not forget to hydrate yourself and protect yourself from the sun.
In my opinion, one of the greatest benefits of golf is that one can make it a lifetime sport (see These seniors proving golf is a lifetime sport).
Moreover, golf will enhance your holidays, in particular your winter holidays spent in warmer destinations.
Finally, golf helped me recover from cancer (see my Personal bio).
Be Healthy: Play Golf!