Why Golfing is Good for Your Health

May 14, 2014

Compared to other sports like soccer and basketball, it’s easy for many people to write off golf as a poor form of exercise. True, there are activities that will burn more calories, get your heart rate higher, and make you feel the burn—but the exercise benefits are still there for a variety of ages and fitness levels. Studies prove that people who get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 3 to 4 days a week reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, bone disease, and arthritis. For golfers who carry their own clubs, golf offers both cardio and weight bearing exercise. Since many golf games take between two and four hours, you can get the recommended amount of exercise with just one round of golf on our South Florida golf course.

The benefits are:

Cardiovascular exercise

Golfing requires a lot of walking. With 18 holes, the average golf course is between 5 and 8 miles. Additionally, the walk from the last hole to the clubhouse is generally one mile. Even if you use a cart, you can still get some walking in and carrying your clubs counts as weighted exercise.

Better sleep

The sun is one of the best ways to soak up vitamin D, a vitamin that many lack in their regular diet. Vitamin D is needed for a number of reasons, as it can raise energy levels, improve attitude, aids calcium absorption, and generates cell growth. It also helps us sleep. Overall, it’s a vitamin that just makes us feel good.

Lower stress & better mental health

Golfing is a social activity and studies show that interaction with others who enjoy what we enjoy increases our self-esteem and happiness. Golfing can help to lift depression, improve someone’s outlook on life, and widen a person’s social group.