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Golf has quickly become a popular sport all over the globe. Players of all ages, walks of life and geographic locations find solace in a good game of golf. Golf can be good for your health and your heart. Be it taking the buggy or walking on the course, you would be working every single muscle in your body with just a golf game. If you traverse 18 holes 3 to 5 times a week, you’ll get an optimal amount of endurance exercise for your heart. If you pull your clubs or carry them, you’ll burn even more calories and benefit much more.

  • Golf players who carry their bags while walking the course burn 721 calories on average.
  • Players who travel the course using pull-carts actually burn 718 calories on average.
  • Golfers who walk the course, but have caddies carry their bags burn 613 calories on average.
  • Those who ride in golf carts throughout the game still burn an average of 411 calories.

Benefits of Golfing!

  1. Reduces Stress – It’s been said that playing a round of golf releases endorphins. These are all-natural, powerful, mood-enhancing “drugs” within our brains. Basically, golfing helps one to relax and reduce stress, which can affect health drastically.
  2. Stimulates Blood Circulation – Some studies suggest that playing golf may actually stimulate blood circulation within our brains. This helps to improve nerve cell connections, and may actually delay an onset of dementia.
  3. Improves Mortality Rate – A Swedish Study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports concluded that golf just may affect life expectancy. According to the publication, of those who play golf regularly, there was a 40% decrease in mortality rates. That’s an increase of a 5-year life expectancy.
  4. Help You Get a Better Night’s Sleep – It’s during sleep when our bodies heal most. Therefore, any activity that causes us to sleep well, naturally, is good for our health. Between walking the course, lugging your bag, prepping and swinging, you’ll get enough of a physical workout to fall asleep fast and stay asleep all night long.
  5. Improves Vision – It takes pretty good vision to zoom in on that round, little white ball. Each time you take a swing at it, you get the opportunity to evaluate the keenness of your vision. This is especially true when you’re trying to figure out where your ball has landed.
  6. Gets Your Bladder Trained – This is a surprising revelation from the golfers worth taking note of. Those frequent visits from your friendly course beer-cart steward can give your bladder a run for its time. The longer you learn to hold it, the more you strengthen the capacity of your bladder. And, as noted by several women golfers, it is also an effective way to strengthen leg muscles, especially the thighs. Crouching manoeuvres used by those who can’t “hold it” are a unique way of doing leg exercises.
  7. Stimulates the Heart – Remember that any form of physical exercise helps to get your adrenaline going. This, in turn, gets the blood pumping to the heart, strengthening it naturally. Exercising for just 30 minutes each day can help you lower your blood pressure by up to 5-7 points. Workouts also help you improve your cholesterol, lose weight and lower one’s risks of getting heart disease.

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