There are people who, although they want to get into a fitness activity, are reluctant to play any sport because they’re worried that their body may not be able to meet the demands of playing a particular sport. This perception could be because most of the sports they see on TV, such as basketball and football, require a lot of stamina and endurance. However, there’s one sport that doesn’t require much stamina but can still be an excellent fitness avenue, and that is the sport of golf.
Golf is generally perceived as a sport of leisure and is not really recommendable for those who want to keep fit. However, this sport can actually provide excellent physical benefits. Here are some of them:
Workout for the heart and lungs – Some people may not be aware of it, but a full day on the green once a week can actually provide a good workout for your heart as well as your lungs. If you walk the full distance going from hole 1 to 18, it can get your heart moderately pumping. You don’t have to have the stamina of professional athletes to do that, but it still gives the vital organs mentioned earlier a nice workout.
Calorie-burning – It’s true that golf is not a very physically demanding sport, but it can still help you in your goal of burning calories, which can help in losing or maintaining weight. Just by playing a 9-hole course (which entails some walking and carrying your bag) can already burn more than 700 calories. You do that twice every week and you can rack up a total of 1,400 calories burned weekly.
Stress-buster – For people who are already in their 50s or beyond, stress can be very debilitating. Playing golf can help reduce stress while you stay fit at the same time. It can also be an excellent outlet for social interaction, which can help you forget about stressful thoughts.
Lower risk of injury – Although all physical sports carry with them varying levels of injury risks, golf is considered (and is quite obvious) as among the sports that have the lowest in the area of risk for injury. Even if injuries do come, they’re not as major as those from more physically demanding sports. That’s a win-win situation for those who want to stay fit but don’t want to engage in more injury-prone sports.
Get into this sport now and start enjoying its physical benefits minus the high risk for injury.