Golf Not Just a Leisure Sport, Offers Health Benefits

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Golf Health Benefits
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Holding a master’s degree in urban planning from of Columbia University, Daniel Hewes served as a researcher and outreach associate for the Sustainable Performance Institute, where he worked in coordination with chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the United States Green Building Council. Aside from his academic and community service pursuits, Daniel Hewes is an avid golfer.

Many people consider golf a leisure sport, but what you may not know is that the sport offers great health benefits to as well. The following are just some of the ways that golf can contribute to your overall wellbeing.

One study found that during the typical 18-hole round, a player takes nearly 12,000 steps which is more than what is recommended on a daily basis. That amount of walking was also found to be the equivalent of moderate to high intensity exercise for the elderly, and counts as aerobic activity for middle-aged players.

Golf also helps with blood circulation to the brain, and can trigger the release of adrenaline, which can stimulate the heart to pump faster, strengthening it in the process. This amount of exercise also meets the recommendation of 30 minutes per day, which can lower blood pressure by as much as 7 points.

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