How golf can improve your mental and physical well-being
Golf is a great way to spend an afternoon with friends, however, it’s more than just a relaxing day out. The sport is more than just standing around, golfers have to be physically fit and mentally tough each round. You may not be running back and forth and getting winded, but both your body and mind are engaged in ways you might not have realized.
So, what health benefits can you expect when playing a round of golf this weekend?
- Mental Health – The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes and often leaves individuals feeling an increase in stress and anxiety. Being physically active has a huge effect on your mindset and having a task you must concentrate on improves your focus and takes the mind off of negative thoughts.
- Low Injury Risk – Golf is a game of minimal contact and it’s also a game where players aren’t putting their bodies under large amounts of stress like in hockey, volleyball, tennis, or basketball. Due to the low risk of injury provided by golf, players of all ages can play the game. Golf has also been known to improve core strength because of the bending and twisting motions the body endures – get a workout in while reducing injury risk simultaneously!
- Social Interaction – Social interaction has a huge impact on mental well-being. Individuals, including seniors, may lose touch with others as they grow older. Golf gives them the opportunity to reconnect and spend a day enjoying the great outdoors and each other’s company.
- Calorie Burn – Not only does walking burn calories, but it enables weight loss and improves heart health. Add in the physical aspects of the game – bending and swinging – and there are more calorie burning movements golfers do during a round. Carrying your bag while playing contributes to the calorie burn as well.
If you’re looking to enjoy some of the benefits golf has to offer in the Niagara Region, visit Rockway’s golf course. Check out Rockway’s tee times online and experience the health benefits of Rockway’s golf course for yourself!