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The Physical and Mental Benefits of Golf

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Steve Sartore

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The Physical and Mental Benefits of Golf
Overview
Physical Aspects of Golf and Their Effects on the Body
Mental Benefits of the Game
Relates to Overall Wellness
Staying Fit
One of the most beneficial by-products of playing golf is the exercise an individual can achieve.
This exercise is comprised of walking on the golf course from hole to hole, the swinging of the golf clubs and the carrying of the golf clubs.
Mental Benefits of Golf
Mental/Social Benefits of Golf
Is a great way to keep in touch with friends
Can help in reducing stress (as a result of the physical activity and also due to the pleasure of walking in an open and natural environment)
provide opportunities to meet new people
help develop a sense of community connectedness.
Tie Into Wellness
All sports carry a risk of injury.
Golf is among the lowest in terms of risk for injury. It is a leisurely activity that has few jerking movements on the legs and lower back.
While injuries occur, they are relatively minor.
Players of all ages find this quite enticing as they can still burn calories and get a workout without exhausting or risking injury.
Physical Aspects of Golf
Playing golf regularly can help you:
stay fit
improve muscle tone and endurance
lose weight and body fat.
Staying Fit
Golf can be considered as a moderate type of workout activity.
It is estimated that for every one hour spent playing golf an individual can burn 370 calories.
This estimate is based on that individual being a male, weighing 154 pounds and standing at 5'10" tall.
Outdoor Recreation Benefits
The University of Washington conducted a study on how outdoor activities, such as golf and other sports surrounded by nature, affect the mind. This is what they found:

1. The experience of nature helps to restore the mind from the mental fatigue of work or studies, contributing to improved work performance and satisfaction.

2. Green spaces provide necessary places and opportunities for physical activity (you'll see a lot of green on a golf course). Exercise improves cognitive function, learning, and memory.
3. Outdoor activities can help alleviate symptoms of Alzheimers, dementia, stress, and depression, and improve cognitive function in those recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

4. Symptoms of ADD in children can be reduced through activity in green settings, thus “green time” can act as an effective supplement to traditional medicinal and behavioral treatments.

5. Contact with nature helps children to develop cognitive, emotional, and behavioral connections to their nearby social and biophysical environments. Nature experiences are important for encouraging imagination and creativity, cognitive and intellectual development, and social relationships.
Staying Fit
Muscles involved with the golf swing
A study done by J Sports Sci. 2013;31(10):1045-53 showed:
The average person burns about 900 calories from only 9 holes of golf.
Do the math: 2x900=1800 calories walking a full round of golf, while carrying your bag.
Think about it: Walking 5-7km on hilly terrain with a 20lb bag, plus swinging the club dozens of times. Golf is a fairly decent workout!
Study done by J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 1999 Dec;39(4):321-7:
Regular physical activity plays a role in preventive medicine.
This study aimed at establishing the duration of different levels of exercise intensity during a round of golf.
Results: The HR level during the golf round, not using an electric cart, reaches the exercise intensity of 50 to > 85% HR max reserve for a mean time of over 2 hours, much longer than the 20-60 min recommended for endurance training.
Cardio Workout
Muscle Endurance
As you play on a regular basis, your muscles begin to get stronger.
Fatigue is less after each round, shoulders, back and legs become stronger.
Core muscles become tighter from repetitive swinging.
Summary
Golf is seen as a sport of leisure, but it is also a sport that provides great physical benefits.
Taking a stressful day out to the golf links can put your mind at ease.
And hey, you never know, you may find that you enjoy golf after all!
Sources
http://golftips.golfsmith.com/physical-benefits-playing-golf-1060.html
http://depts.washington.edu/hhwb/Thm_Mental.html
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23362842
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10726433
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Golf_the_health_benefits
http://expertbeacon.com/playing-golf-has-many-health-benefits-and-can-help-you-stay-shape/#.VGqnTcnolco
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