Despite its leisurely reputation, golf can be a fairly active sport. While you can certainly take most of the physical aspect out of golf by riding in a cart, you may want to consider walking the course instead. There are several surprising health benefits of golf that people may not be aware of.
At Elk Ridge Golf Course, we encourage our golfers to take full advantage of their round. This includes fully appreciating their surroundings and the course they’re on. The best way to do this is by walking the course and getting the fresh cut grass under your feet.
A healthy heart means a more healthy life. Walking the course while carrying your bag will help increase your heart rate and blood flow. This helps lower the risk of having a stroke and reduces blood pressure and dangerous cholesterol.
Walking as a general habit is incredibly good for brain memory functioning. Pair that with the constant need to think through your golf shots and you have a very memory stimulating physical activity. Jack Nickalus even said that golf is “80% mental, 10% ability, and 10% luck.” When you think about golf in those terms, it’s easy to see how your brain gets quite the workout.
Reduce Your Stress Levels
Believe it or not, but golf actually helps reduce stress. This may sound impossible for those of you who’ve had a rough couple shots every now and again. However, simply being in an outdoor setting where you can talk to others and get away for a few hours reduces your stress levels. This happens because playing a round of golf can release endorphins in your brain, which make you happier and more at ease.
Low Injury Risk
Unlike other sports, golf has an extremely low injury risk. When compared to a sport like basketball, there is a lot less chance of injury and no chance of contact. As long as you keep a low impact swing that fully engages your core and legs, you will not have to worry too much about injury risks. There are golfers well into their 90s still playing the game, so it’s obviously a sport that has great longevity.
Relating back to opting to walk the course instead of ride in a cart, you get more health benefits from walking other than exercise. When you walk the distance of an entire golf course, you’re exerting quite a bit of energy for several hours. This expending energy will allow your body to remain in a deeper and faster sleep than if you had chosen to ride in a golf cart.