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How Golf Can Improve Your Health

How Golf Can Improve Your Health

We love golfing in the 30A area. In fact, sometimes we enjoy riding golf carts out whether we’re going golfing or not. But if your actual interest is golf, you’ll find many golf clubs and courses throughout this area. It’s a popular sport and certainly fun to those who enjoy it, but there are practical benefits to golf as well. Most importantly, golf can improve your health in a number of ways. Here are just a few instances of health benefits that come from golf:

Fresh Air and Sunlight

Sometimes just spending more time outside can be just what you need to improve your health. Studies have shown that sunlight in moderation boosts vitamin D. Additionally, regular exposure to natural greenery relaxes the body, decreasing tension and anxiety. This isn’t just a physical health benefit: it’s a mental health benefit. And if you enjoy golf while you’re soaking up all these benefits, that will only help to lessen stress.

Heart Health

Heart health is a concern the older you get, especially if you’re retired and no longer have an active work week. However, everyone should do what they can to keep their heart healthy, no matter what age. 18-hole golf courses can be as large as 100-200 acres. If you have a golf cart, of course, you’re spared all the foot traffic — not to mention considerable time. But golf can still be a great way to get in your cardio with regular swinging and movement. If you golf a few times a week, it should be enough to keep your heart healthy.

Improved Sleep

Struggling with sleep deprivation? Take up golfing. The regular exercise involved in golf helps you to fall asleep faster at the end of the night and stay asleep for longer. In sleep, your body can repair your muscles and refresh your mind, so that when you wake up the next day, you’ll have more energy. The more you get into the habit, your circadian rhythm will return to a functional schedule.

Low Risk of Injury

Of course, you can enjoy these benefits from many different sports, but golf is, on the whole, a fairly gentle sport with very low risk of injury. When you golf, you can get the workout you need while staying calm and relaxed. You’re unlikely to suffer any serious injuries — or even minor injuries — on the golf course.

Longer Life

No one can live for longer, but we’d all like to live a healthy, enjoyable life for as long as we can. A Swedish study in 2008 showed that the life expectancy of golfers was 5 years longer than the average life expectancy. The reasons can certainly be attributed to the above health benefits: with less stress and a healthier heart, you’re likely to live a long, healthy life.

 

If hearing about these health benefits makes you want to hit the golf course, don’t forget to rent a golf cart for the day or the week. At The Rental Shop, we offer custom made electric golf carts and free delivery along highway 30a and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (850) 260-0001 for more information.