Whether you're a seasoned player or are looking for a new and fun activity that can be played at any age, golf for seniors is a great choice. The time spent outdoors, the physical activity, and the socialization are all excellent reasons for taking up this sport -- if not for fun, then to improve your health. Here are five important health benefits of golf for seniors.
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1. Great Form of Exercise
If you walk for an entire 18-hole round, you'll cover about 5 miles and burn off nearly 1,400 calories. But maybe walking that far isn't something you can easily do. No problem! Motorized carts are common on the course, and you'll still get in plenty of steps -- one golfer with a pedometer recorded 2,880 steps or roughly a mile -- just getting in and out of the cart, walking to the ball, and moving around for a 9-hole round. In addition, the swinging motion can help loosen stiff joints and strengthen core and leg muscles.
2. Opportunity to Meet New People
Golf is a social game. The time waiting on the tee or between shots lends itself well to conversation, and it's common to suggest a snack, lunch, or drink after the round. Over time, many golfers develop friendships with a group of other players who schedule regular tee times together. Most golfers enjoy chatting and you'll get a chance to interact with other people of a wide range of ages.
3. Provides Mental Stimulation
Playing golf is a great way to keep your mind sharp. You're calculating distances, evaluating the slopes of tricky putts, and considering the best solutions to hit from tough positions. You'll put a lot of thought into even a casual round and studies have shown that it’s one of the biggest benefits of playing.
4. Improves Sleep
According to a study in the journal Sleep Health, walking outside and getting increased activity improved the quality of sleep. Exposure to natural light, stress reduction, and physical exercise also help improve your sleep. Playing a round of golf is an excellent way to make sure you hit all of these factors and will thus improve your overall sleep.
5. Reduces Stress
Physical activity leads to an increased release of endorphins, a brain chemical that helps you feel happier and more relaxed. Research has also shown regular exposure to green spaces relaxes the body, reduces stress, and lowers anxiety. Golf is a great way to make sure that you get fresh air and sunshine plus a low-impact workout that is sure to reduce your stress levels.
If you've thought about starting something new as a senior, golf just might be the best option for you. Moorings Park Communities offers three beautiful campuses in Naples, Florida, all of which cater to seniors like you who want to stay active and live their best lives. Golf aficionados will appreciate that each of the Moorings Park campuses are located right next door to a golf course. To learn more about our community, including options for playing golf and participating in a wide range of senior activities, contact us today.