We can say that golf is fun but we believe it’s an understatement. Saying that golf is fun is like saying the Mediterranean Sea is blue. Studies show that golf can be one of the healthiest physical activities that you can possibly do. A lot of people perceive golf as a silly activity that you do in your spare time. The truth is that it goes beyond just a simple activity you do when you have free time. You can actually have a very good workout when playing golf, the right way. Here are 7.5 health benefits of playing golf.
1.0 Brain stimulation: Clive Ballard, director of research at the Alzheimer’s Society says; ‘Whether it is going for a jog or walking the golf course, keeping physically active is a great way to keep your heart and your brain healthy. By keeping active you make sure your brain has a good, strong blood supply, which is essential to help it function better now and in future.’ Golf gives you the opportunity to keep your body active and increase your creativity. Our brain is the most precious ‘software’, that’s why we need to take good care of it. When playing golf, you don’t need to run and get all sweaty, you can increase your brain stimulation by doing smart exercise.
2.0 Exercising outdoors: Author of Resync Your Life, Samir Becic suggests that playing golf on courses as large as 200 acres requires golf players to be outdoors in nature. We all know that nature provides us with many health benefits for our mind and body. There are hundreds of studies that show us that constant exposure to green areas relaxes the body, reduces stress and can aid in alleviating anxiety. Exposure to sunlight (especially on this beautiful island in Cyprus where we have a lot of sun) reduces stress and can aid in alleviating anxiety. This explains the fact the all our customers at Kanika Hotels & Resorts leave happy and stress free. Exposure to sunlight means we get more vitamin D from the sun which promotes bone growth in young people and reduces the risk of depression, heart disease and certain cancers.
3.0 Burn calories. Here’s a hack you can do; skip the golf cart and walk the average course, it can cover a distance of between five and seven kilometers. If you carry your own clubs, you will burn even more calories! Golfers on average can burn up to 1000 calories in a single game without stressing themselves out over who will win. Golf is not as competitive as football and basketball where the only time you can have a chat with your mate is at half time, you can have a great conversation while playing golf.
4.0 Less stress, more fun. The pleasure of walking in the fresh air near the Mediterranean Sea, connecting with your old and new friends causes the natural mood-enhancing chemicals in your brain to makes you happier and relaxed. We encounter daily challenges in our society and golf makes you relax and have fun.
5.0 Better sleep. The exercise and fresh air are a great combination for improved sleep. Walking the course will give you a very good workout. We all know that exercise helps you sleep much faster and longer. Sleep helps your muscles rest and repair and helps you to get ready for new challenges when you get back from your holidays.
6.0 Low injury risk. Golf is a leisurely sport and compared to other activities the overall risk of injury is low because it is not a contact sport. It’s a low risk sport but it still gives you enough physical activity to keep your muscles engaged. It’s very likely that you will benefit a lot from playing golf without stressing out and getting injured.
7.0 Improves vision. You need pretty good vision to zoom in on that round, little white ball. It might be close to you and you still need to have a good look. Golfers learn to hone in on small targets from long distances and even when the ball is on the tee, prior to their swing, golfers are presented with the opportunity to evaluate the keenness of their vision while improving hand-eye coordination.
7.5. No need for a break. Cyprus has established itself as an attractive destination for golf holidays among European golfers who are forced to take a break from the game during the winter months. The Cyprus autumn/winter climate is ideal for golfers; pleasant temperatures, low rainfall and almost daily sunshine, which stretch the golfing season to over 10 months, excluding the height of summer. Aphrodite Hills Golf Club is just 20 minutes away from Alexander the Great Beach Hotel. There are plenty of golf clubs near our hotels, and you can check them out here.
There you have it, 7.5 reasons why playing golf is a healthy sport that can improve your life. If you have any enquiries about your golf holidays, you can always get in touch with us here.
Let us know below in the comment section what inspires you most about playing golf.
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