Five Reasons to Pick up Golf as a Hobby

The age old tradition of Golf is a great activity to take up. No one knows when the first form of the game began. But golf, as we know it today, originated in Scotland in the 15th century.

If you aren’t a golfer, you may think of the sport as a game played by older men. Some also consider it a game for executives who want to secure a business deal. This couldn’t be further from the truth! Golf is a great sport that is perfect for people of all fitness levels and ages. Here are five reasons to golf as a hobby.

1. Golfing helps you exercise and keep in shape

With golfing, you’ll walk more than 10,000 steps during an average 18-hole round – if you don’t use the golf cart. Carrying your own clubs is a weight-bearing exercise that helps builds strong bones. Before you begin playing, you must warm yourself up and do the necessary stretches. Stretches for your wrist, back, abdomen are of utmost importance. Engaging yourself any form of physical activity will get rid of fat in the body.

When you play golf on a regular basis, it will help you lose those extra kilos. You’ll burns fat around your stomach, and other parts of your body due to the physical exertion you go through. The game allows you to walk a considerable amount on the course. The resultant effect is that you tend to give your entire body a good dose of exercise. The number of times you go to get that ball before it goes into the hole is a great exercise for your body

2. Golfing relaxes and relieves you from stress

Golf is one sport that enjoys its play in lush green surroundings. This not only bonds you with nature but also gives you the much-needed tranquility. Mental health contributes an enormous amount in maintaining physical health of the body. Relaxation itself is part of golfing. Great golfers meditate. They use their mind to improve golfing results. Golfing helps you meditate and relax.

Usually, you can use a few moments to relax whether before or during your game. Take a couple of deep breaths will relax your muscles and clear your mind of all negative thoughts. This takes practice. Fill your mind with good thoughts of success and see yourself achieving it.

3. Golfing helps the muscles in your brain

Golf is as much a mental game as it is a physical game. It helps you concentrate and maintain a good form. The sport also improves your critical thinking skills by strategizing. This sends blood rushing to your brain as much as the walking.

Because your brain needs three times as much oxygen as your muscles. All that oxygen-rich blood will help you think more. Golfing also increases your brain’s elasticity and abilities. Your next great idea could happen on the golf course!

4. Networking

Golf isn't a social pastime. It is the fastest growing sport in the world. Many corporate bodies organize golfing games for the purposes of induction. Or getting to know workmates or trying to impress clients. Many business deals have got struck on the golf course. Many of your clients and colleagues include golf as part of their summer activities.

By associating with their passion, you will be more visible and more accessible. You can make a lot of headway in the business world by knowing how to play golf. As part of a company, you may be giving yourself a gentle head start. Play to impress and not embarrass yourself in front of the boss. This is why sport in general remain popular. As the Indonesian put it “berita bola” – Sporting event grows friendship.

5. Golfing will reduce your blood sugar and boost your confidence

Your cells use glucose, a form of sugar, for fuel, and your body breaks down the foods you eat into glucose. Americans, ingest far, far more sugar than they could ever use as fuel. This is contributing to health problems such as obesity and inflammatory diseases. High blood sugar levels could also be a sign that you are insulin resistant or diabetic. Along with a diet rich in whole foods, playing golf helps reduce blood sugar levels.

There’s nothing quite like the joy of mastering a difficult skill. Avid golfers understand the joy of that approach shot that lands well and rolls up close to the cup. Or that once-a-summer 50-foot putt that drops right into the middle of the cup. There is immense joy and satisfaction in seeing your entire hard work pay off. As you practice and get better, it gets more fun and you spend a lot less time searching for lost balls.

Golf is, above all else, supposed to be fun. It can be a cruel game and often you may not know why a shot went the wrong way or why you duffed it. But then you'll hit a magical chip or sink a massive putt and everything will be okay again. That's golf - pleasure, and pain in one game.

Author:. Adeyemi Adetilewa is a digital marketing strategist who writes for publications. He's the Founder and Editor of Ideasplusbusiness.com, an online community for entrepreneurs to share business ideas. His one word is #possibilities.
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