After winter’s harsh snow and spring’s pesky showers, we’re sure many of us can’t wait to get outside and finally enjoy these warm days of summer! While enjoying the nice weather, why not try something new this summer like playing golf? Not only is it a great way to enjoy summer’s sun, but there are actually many health benefits of golf for seniors.
Time on the Green Boosts Your Health
We often hear the stereotype that all retirees spend their time on the golf course, which might not be such a bad thing! Golf can be played either competitively or for fun, and it’s a great sport for either beginners or pros.
So why not spend some time on the green this summer? You may get the following health benefits just from playing a game of golf:
- Golf is a heart-healthy sport. Like many other sports and aerobic exercises, golf is great for your heart. You may not be running up and down a court or field, but walking 18 holes equals about four miles.
- It exercises your brain, too! As mentioned above, golf is a great aerobic exercise with all the walking that you have to do across the course, but did you also know that nature walks improve one’s mental health? Golf courses are usually very scenic and relaxing places, which can help lower your stress levels and boost your mental health.
- Golf is a social sport. While you can certainly play a round of golf by yourself, you may find it more enjoyable if you get a group of friends together to have weekly games. Loneliness can have detrimental effects on the elderly, and even just playing a game of golf with your friends can boost your health. Who knows, you may even make some new friends while on the green!
Golf Safety Tips for Seniors
Golf may be considered a leisurely sport, but that doesn’t mean that accidents and injuries cannot happen. In fact, seniors and infrequent players are those who are at the highest risk of experiencing an injury, which is why it’s so important to take these precautions before playing golf:
- Take some lessons first. Just like any other sport, golf is no different in that you should take lessons first in order to learn the proper technique – it’s your number one defense against injuries.
- Don’t forget to stretch! Swinging a golf club involves the entire body, so always warm up and stretch before playing a game. Some particular areas to pay close attention to are your shoulders, back and arms.
- Use good equipment. This may seem insignificant, but having quality and properly-fitted equipment, including gloves, shoes, socks and clothing, can make all the difference in promoting your safety.
- Stay hydrated. You’ll be out in the sun for a while, so drink plenty of water before, during and after playing.
- Avoid the sun’s peak hours. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon. If possible, play a game in the early morning or late evening hours.
- Stay safe in the sun. Golf is a great sport, but in the warm summer months, it’s important to remember sun safety. To prevent damage from the sun’s rays, wear light clothing, sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, sunglasses and a hat.