Although we all know we should be doing more exercise, fitting gym sessions, regular runs and other sports into our weekly schedules isn’t always easy. One of the reasons many of us struggle to commit to a regular exercise programme is that we don’t actually enjoying hitting the treadmill or lifting weights. Golf however, is enjoyable. Giving you an opportunity to get some fresh air, stretch your legs and meet new people, it’s one form of exercise most of us can get on board with.
One thing that golf is especially good for is your mental well-being. Proven to help boost endorphins and get players feeling happier and more positive, golf has a number of important benefits for the mind.
Exercise has been proven to help raise the level of endorphins in our brains. These powerful hormones cause us to feel calm and happy. Releasing a load of endorphins into the system can have a profound effect on both your short and long term mental well-being. Playing golf on a regular basis will ensure you stay topped up with endorphins.
Golf is a fantastic way to meet new people and catch up with old friends. As well as socialising as you make your way around the course, golf gives you plenty of opportunities to chat and have fun in the clubhouse and at tournaments. Getting out for a game every week, or even every month, can therefore help you to feel less lonely, more connected and more social.
As well as exercising your physical body, golf is fantastic for improving the agility of your mind. Like other forms of mental exercise, golf is great for people who want to stay sharp as they age. Hitting a golf ball in a way that ensures it goes where it’s supposed to takes a lot of focus. Being able to attain and maintain this level of focus is a real skill and is something that will stand you in excellent stead for the future.
There’s something undeniably restorative about getting out into the countryside and being surrounded by nature. Even though golf courses are well maintained and well looked after, the bright green grass and wide open views give the illusion of being immersed in the natural world. This ‘green therapy’ has an instantly calming effect and can help to make you feel more relaxed, less anxious and more positive.
If you’re feeling tired, stressed, and anxious or just a little deflated, getting out on the golf course can be a great way to lift your moral and give you the mental resilience you need to feel your best. Why not book yourself a round today and see what a bit of exercise and fresh air could do for you?
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