Golf and Health: The Physical Benefits of Hitting the Links

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It may not be high-intensity, but there are so many physical benefits to be had from playing golf. Learn more with the experienced team from Bletchingley Golf Club today, who will take you through the range of advantages that you can gain when playing golf regularly. Then, you can contact us to join and start your golf journey today.

Weight Loss

Although golf isn’t exactly a high-intensity activity, it can nonetheless help you trim down. Even though it may not seem like it, walking and swinging a golf club throughout an 18-hole course is a great exercise. You’ll be on the go nearly non-stop throughout a standard round.

Maintaining a high heart rate is essential for maximising calorie expenditure, and this activity does just that. You can get the same advantage if you choose a buggy, but you won’t feel the same pleasure.

A standard 18-hole golf course may be up to 3.5 miles in length. It has been calculated that walking the route can burn as much as twice as many calories as taking a buggy.

Brain Function

Accuracy, attention, and concentration are all skills that you can hone when playing golf. The ability to imagine where and how far your shot will travel is only one example of the innovative and original thinking that is fostered by this activity.

Golf requires excellent hand-eye coordination and the ability to accurately judge where the ball has landed. Without the noise of a crowd or an umpire’s whistle, the course may be a peaceful area to hone these abilities.

Playing golf is a good way to get your blood pumping and increase the amount of oxygenated blood that reaches your brain. The effects of golf on one’s mind have been the subject of a great deal of study. Muscle memory is honed by repeated swings, and spatial awareness is sharpened through course navigation.

Healthy Heart

Playing golf increases blood flow, which in turn strengthens the cardiovascular system.

Golfing, then, is a great way to keep your heart healthy and active. This will reduce your ‘bad’ cholesterol levels and your chances of developing heart disease and other cardiovascular problems. Golf has been linked to a longer lifespan, and playing the game regularly may be the key.

If the health benefits of golf are tempting you to try it out for yourself, then our golf course and driving range in Surrey is the perfect place to start. At Bletchingley Golf Club, our flexible golf membership allows you to dip your toe in before you fully commit, so contact us today to find out more.

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