20 July, 2017
Any sport is played for fun, health and the joy of playing it. Some sports are strenuous, some are mild, and there are a few which are relaxing. Golf belongs to type three but can also be categorised under type 1. Golf is a timeless and ageless game with multiple benefits. Many of our elderly enjoy playing it not only for its social and health benefits but for the mental challenge as well. Although the pace of play and distance of each shot may differ, the fun will always remain constant.
Walking the course during the game helps build muscle strength, improve cardiovascular functions, and increase endurance, which is important to health as you age. The average golfer walks 4 miles during 18 holes of golf. This is a great exercise, and it is said that the average golfer burns over 1,400 calories walking 18 holes! Along with walking and building lower body strength, the golf swing itself promotes core muscle strength. The golf swing can also build the muscles in the chest, back, and forearms. In addition to the walking aspect of golf, you also have greater exposure to vitamin D from the sun’s rays since you’re outside for a few hours. This vitamin is pivotal in bone and heart health and reduced risk of type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and many cancers. For those who like to combine their workout with fun, golf just might just be right!
Golf has to be played with precise mental calculations that involve the ball location, grass depth, wind direction, green speeds, slope, and much more. It is a fun way to help keep the mind strong.
The benefits of golf go beyond physical health. Experts agree that being outdoors, getting vitamin D from the sun and fresh air from the trees and grass around the course, and the peacefulness of being in nature can reduce stress, and help alleviate anxiety.
As seniors age, they rarely come across the level of strategic thinking they did in the workplace, and golf is a great way continue to keep their mind active. It is also proven that playing golf releases endorphins, which help to boost one’s mood relieving overall stress. The sport also acts as a mental exercise to practice patience and control emotions.
Building a social circle
With age social activity becomes restricted and it becomes harder to stay connected with friends. Regular golf outings can help build and maintain relationships with friends. This combats the risk of depression and loneliness often experienced by our seniors. Mental stimulation outside of the home with other like-minded individuals is essential for good health
Even moderate physical activity can benefit one’s health. The physical, mental, social, and emotional benefits of golf seem undeniable. And, since the sport is moderate-intensity, it is the perfect sport for seniors. If you haven’t started playing golf as yet, perhaps you should now!
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