Golf is considered “moderately low” risk by health officials with a risk level of 3 out of 10 which puts it on the same level of grocery shopping and going for a walk, run or bike ride with others.
The only physical activities that are considered safer are playing tennis or going camping. In the age of COVID-19, if you know your risk, you can play it safe and stay on the links.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 Reasons Why You Should Enjoy Golf During a Pandemic
The combination of exercise and fresh air is the perfect recipe to provide a good night’s sleep. You will fall asleep faster and stay in a deep state of sleep longer. With many of us struggling with sleep these days, who wouldn’t prefer a better night’s rest?
Golf offers physical activity which increases your heart rate and blood flow. Walking the golf course typically provides approximately 10,000 steps that equate to approximately 5 miles and are the recommended step count that many health professionals suggest you take daily. This physical activity increases your heart rate and blood flow which results in a healthier heart, enhanced brain stimulation, and improved balance.
Learn to Focus
Stop wearing that “multi-tasker” badge and let yourself focus on one golf shot at a time. Many of us need to slow down and step away from the hustle and bustle of the world around us.
Golf inherently allows people to socialize while maintaining social distancing. You automatically play in small groups – a foursome. The only places where you might get close are on the tee box and on the green. Do everyone a favor and maintain your distance… and don’t high five one another!
There’s no need to always do everything at high speed. It leads to high-stress levels and more mistakes. Take a moment to stop and smell the roses… or look at the wildlife on the golf course – or watch your playing partner shank their next shot.
Connect with Nature
We are all stuck indoors more these days. Get outside and on the golf course. Feel the sun on your skin or the wind in your hair. Daily exposure to just 10 to 30 minutes of direct sunlight can boost your vitamin D3 levels and that can help improve your mood.
Live Longer and Happier
Studies show increased attention and happiness after walking the golf course. This is caused by an increase in levels of endorphins and serotonin released in your brain, reducing anxiety and improving your self-esteem and your self-confidence. Happiness is felt in your head and joy is felt in your heart. Improve both with a round of golf.
Have fun in life! Having fun reduces stress, strengthens relationships, and keeps you youthful.
Take a Breath
The golf course offers peace and fresh air.
Enjoy the moment and just be.
We want to hear from you! What other health benefits are there to playing golf that keeps you safe and sane during troubling times? Share them with us below.