Who knew golfing could boost brain power, build better balance and burn up to 2,000 calories? We’ve rounded up even more of golf’s lesser-known benefits.
Golf is often seen as a leisurely activity — less physical than other sports and often played with friends or family — but if you think it’s only about putting and swinging, you may be surprised at the variety of health benefits it has to offer.
Up Your (Golf) Game
Playing 18 holes of golf is not only physically rigorous, requiring strength and endurance, it also builds mental acuity through strategy and concentration. One round of golf lasts between two to four hours and includes walking five to eight miles of undulating terrain. Carry your own clubs and you get the benefit of weight-bearing exercise and burn up to 2,000 calories. Golfers also receive a healthy dose of vitamin D from the sun, increasing energy and optimism. And social interactions with fellow golfers promotes well-being and happiness.
So whether you’re getting ready to play for the first time or you’ve had a long-standing love affair with the sport, take a look at what other health benefits playing golf can do for you.
Tee it high, let it fly!