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7 Reasons Golf Is the Perfect Workout

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Jan 2018 10:44 AM

Golf may seem like a leisurely activity, but with a couple of hours or more on the links, golfers can achieve the perfect workout.

There’s a lot the body is enjoying when playing the sport of golf, and that also brings the body great physical benefits. The process allows the golfer to get the recommended amount of exercise with just one game.

The game of golf can improve participants in body, mind, and spirit, leading to better health and fitness. Consider these seven reasons why golf is the perfect workout:

1. Walking benefits — Leaving the cart and doing more walking can provide golfers with some of the best exercise for cardiovascular health. It brings about the same cardiovascular activity as riding a bike, swimming, or even jogging, according to Fitday. There is some intense exercising when walking along the hilly grounds of a course.

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2. Improving balance — A round of golf equals the benefits of the graceful martial art of tai chi, which many people use to improve their balance. But in this way, you can also enjoy the game while strengthening the muscles in the back, legs, and abdomen to prevent back pain or falls.

3. Burning calories — With all that walking, swinging, and balancing, golf can burn a lot of calories along the acres and acres of the greens. Golfers who carry their own clubs will burn even more calories. The activities involved in golf may burn up to 1,000 calories per game, reported Health Fitness Revolution.

4. Increasing heart rate — The heart keeps pumping with improved blood flow when golfers go through a round. The better blood flow helps lower the risk for heart disease and also reduces the levels of LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol that can lead to heart disease.

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5. Reducing stress — Golf is a fun way to alleviate the stresses of life. Golfers are not only playing a game they love, but are also enjoying the company of others. The pleasant, natural environment along the course is relaxing. The activity also releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in the body that improve mood.

6. Enhancing sleep — A good workout will improve sleep patterns, necessary to feel good the next day and prepare for challenges. While working out on the green, golfers also get plenty of vitamin D, noted Walk the Walk. The sun is the best way to receive this vitamin, which helps raise energy levels and generates cell growth for a better feeling and improved sleep.

7. Boosting brain power — Like all perfect workouts, the activities involved in golf increase blood flow to the brain, improving cognitive function, and visualization, according to Brain Training 101. Along with their focus through concentration and swinging, golfers bring a boost to their hand-eye coordination with repeated strokes.

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