What is Golf?
This increasingly popular sport is actually a powerhouse of all the core ingredients that doctors recommend for optimum physical and mental health and wellbeing. Here's five reason how…
It's better than a fast and furious gym session
Golf burns more calories than you'd think: playing an 18-hole game of golf burns at least 900 calories. Golf also combines all the known weight-loss benefits of walking combined with the toning and muscle strengthening benefits of swinging the clubs and carrying or pulling your golf bag. During the average game of golf you can walk around five to six miles.
It brings people closer together
Golf is a great way to meet new people – especially if you have recently moved into a new area or town or are travelling abroad. Wherever there's a golf course, a host of rewarding new friendships awaits you.
It helps combat stress
"Golf really does tick all the boxes for things you need for optimal wellbeing," says psychologist and coach Miriam Akhtar from www.positivepsychologytraining.co.uk . "It offers some important feel-good factors, such as an active social life and regular physical activity of the best kind – what we call 'green exercise' outside in nature."
It's good for your heart
Golf's powerful combination of stress-busting exercise, fresh air and camaraderie can help promote long term heart health. It can reduce blood pressure and raised cholesterol and cut your risk of stroke and diabetes - especially if combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
It can help you live longer
Golf's unique combination of outdoor exercise and social interaction can help you live a longer, healthier life. Playing golf can help you live longer – and make those extra years healthier.
Taster sessions and beginner courses are not as expensive as you might think, and there are driving ranges available across Bedfordshire. The majority of beginner courses will provide equipment, and clubs are available to rent at most golf courses. Go to http://www.getintogolf.org/mapsearchstart.aspx to find activities near you.
If you have never played golf before, or are just a bit rusty, Get into golf is the best starting point for you. The sessions are fun and sociable and held in a relaxed atmosphere where you'll learn the basics and find out about follow-on opportunities. They can help you find an activity near you, as well as guiding you on what to wear, the etiquette and rules of game.
Once you are experienced enough to go out on the golf course you will need a golf bag:
- Spare golf balls
- Spare tees
- Pencil for scoring
- Pen for marking golf balls
- Golf ball marker
- Towel for cleaning clubs
- Waterproofs - possibly!
- Pitch mark repairer
- Snack bar(s)
- Golf Rule Book