The next time you are looking for a pick-me-up, pick up your golf clubs. They will provide both physical and mental benefits, as well as the benefits that come from simple being in nature. Let’s take a deeper look at these benefits.

Exposure to Nature

Golf is another way of increasing your exposure to nature. A University of Washington study on how outdoor activities surrounded by nature affect the mind found, among other things, that “the experience of nature helps to restore the mind from the mental fatigue of work or studies, contributing to improved work performance and satisfaction.” Outdoor activities, like golf, can help alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s, dementia, stress, and depression, and improve cognitive function. Spending time outdoors is a boost to your body both mentally and physically.

Physical Benefits

The physical elements of playing 18 holes are nothing to be scoffed at. Golf works your gluteus maximus, chest, latissimus dorsi (back), forearms, and your core muscles. Another great aspect of golf is that it is one of the least injury-prone sports that people can play. Studies have shown that walking for a full round while carrying a golf bag burns around 1400 calories while riding in a cart nearly halves that figure at 820 calories.  Golfers walking a course typically cover between four to eight miles. That’s a great exercise!

Mental Benefits

Golf comes with the added benefit of mental perks. Playing a round of golf helps to release the powerful, mood boosting hormones called endorphins. Many older people take up golf as a means to help alleviate stress as well as stay mentally alert. Golf aids with concentration power and mental sharpness. Golfers need to concentrate on the golf shots, the choose of clubs for that specific hole and the obstacles in the course. This can help to keep things like dementia at bay.

The game of golf is popular worldwide. Players are treated to a scenic view along with great physical and mental benefits. What are you waiting for?