Arnold Palmer himself is quoted as having said, “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated.”
This ageless, timeless game has numerous advantages. It offers both health and social benefits, and is played by millions of retirement age individuals, additionally, for the mental challenge. Yes, playing golf is not only fun but offers numerous perks. Granted, the older you get, it may take longer to complete 18 holes than it used to. You may, in fact, opt for nine holes these days. Nonetheless, golf can help keep you young.
The perks of enjoying a game of golf now and then include the following:
- Social benefits
- Mental benefits
- Physical benefits
Let’s look at each of these individually.
The Social Benefits of Golf
The social aspect of golf is an undeniable part of why so many individuals enjoy the game. For many, the opportunity to relax and unwind is hard to pass up. Particularly in retirement, it can be difficult to keep in touch with old friends and stay connected. Golf offers the opportunity to do exactly that on a regular basis.
The Mental Benefits of Golf
According to Bobby Jones (a well-known golf personality), “A 5 1/2-inch course is where golf is mainly played. That is, the area between your ears!” It’s a mental game as well as physical. Some of the mental calculations you need to make include the following:
- Green speeds
- Wind direction
- Grass depth
- Ball location and more
The game of golf can help keep your mind active and strong.
Retirees sometimes find it difficult to keep their minds sharp and their bodies physically fit. Without being exceedingly strenuous, playing a few rounds of golf on a regular basis is extremely useful for both of these endeavors.
The Physical Benefits of Golf
During 18 holes of golf, a basic golfer will walk approximately 4 miles. Particularly considering the varying course terrains, this is great exercise. Naturally, at a certain point, you may want to resort to a golf cart. But you’ll still get a decent amount of exercise. In fact, when riding in a cart, you will still burn roughly 850 calories during 18 holes. Without the golf cart, 1400 calories could be burned, according to Golf Digest Magazine.
Navigating the course is also useful for increasing endurance, improving cardiovascular function, and building muscle strength. Remember, it’s okay to simply play nine holes if you don’t feel up to the task of 18 holes. Or, you can play 18 but, on the back nine, use the golf cart.
Muscles in your forearms, back, buttocks, and chest are built up courtesy of swinging your golf club. It’s also a great way to stop lower back pain before it starts.
Can’t Get Out For Golf? Our Retirement Community Offers Enjoyable, Stimulating Activities
Whether mother nature has thrown a wrench into your golf plans or you just don’t feel like walking the course today, an abundance of activities can be found at our retirement community. For retirement age individuals who can live independently, our resort-like amenities assure a lifestyle that is not only enjoyable but one that strives to keep each and every resident’s mind sharp and to promote physical fitness.
Courtesy of our Dimensions Health and Fitness program, you can stay both physically and mentally active. What’s more, our Celebrations Events and Activities program makes sure there’s always something happening – from activities as simple as arts and crafts to more sensational celebrations and parties. Click here for our current monthly schedule.
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