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How to Stay in Shape Playing Golf

Jul 28, 2016; Springfield, NJ, USA; PGA golfer Jimmy Walker lines up a putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the 2016 PGA Championship golf tournament at Baltusrol GC - Lower Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Golf is fairly unique in that it can be played by people of almost any age and aid in staying fit throughout your life. True golfers understand the absolute joy of the game and the challenges it presents every day.

Playing this sport has numerous benefits toward remaining fit and healthy, some of which are listed below:

Warm Up

Everyone should do at least some stretches prior to playing. The older you get, the more important this is. Stretches will help improve your posture and reduce joint discomfort.

Walking

Walking is essential to remaining fit and golf offers you that opportunity. Walking 18 holes is the equivalent of walking over five miles and the benefits of walking are many:

  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen your bones
  • Lift your mood
  • Improve your balance and coordination

Even if you are riding in a cart get out and walk as much as possible.

Increases Stamina

It helps you build stamina which reduces your risk of fatal diseases like heart attacks, high blood pressure, cancer, and many more.

Health of your Bones

Exposure to UV rays can be harmful if overdone, but is wonderful for improving your body’s level of Vitamin D which supports calcium absorption, an essential for healthy bones.

Carrying your own clubs also helps strengthen your bones.

Losing Fat

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise to help reduce fat levels in the body. Engaging yourself in this form of physical activity will certainly help you get rid of all the fat in your body. The more often you play the better, even if it’s just walking nine holes early or late.

Mental Peace

Golf is one sport that is played in beautiful green surroundings which not only bonds you with nature, but also gives you much needed tranquility if you don’t take golf too seriously. Your mental health is important to maintaining the overall physical health of your body.

Reduces Cholesterol Levels

The physical exertion of playing a round of golf can help you burn a substantial amount of calories, in turn helping you get rid of the fatty substances in your body that can contribute to cholesterol related problems.

In order to stay fit, everyone needs to exercise, and playing golf frequently can and should be part of your overall health and wellness plan. You will be a happier and healthier person for it, and your golf game will probably improve.

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