While the physical gains of exercise are well-documented, there are significant mental health benefits to sports as well. Golf, in particular, is advantageous in its demand of focus and strategy. But moreover, regular play has a calming effect and positive influence over an individual’s well-being.
Below are just a few of the ways in which playing golf impacts the mind:
1. Reduces Risk of Anxiety & Depression
A 2016 study found that those who play golf benefit from a variety of improvements to their health. It was found that the act of playing golf reduces the risk of anxiety, depression, and even dementia, meaning it can stave off some of the most dangerous pitfalls of old age. Staying active in the fresh air and socializing with your peers releases endorphins and keeps you feeling happy.
2. Keeps Abilities Sharp
The high level of focus required in golf helps players keep their minds sharp, and walking miles on a course is a great way to strengthen the heart while keeping the blood pumping to the brain. Also, as a sport that can be played at any age, enthusiasts continue reaping the mental, physical, and emotional benefits into their golden years.
3. Enhances Overall Well-Being
Among its many perks, the aforementioned study also touted the game’s broader mental benefits. For instance, the physical advantages of golf, including lower cholesterol levels, improved body composition, and better balance and stamina contribute to an enhanced sense of wellness, self-esteem, and self-worth.
The Virtues Golf Club, in Nashport, Ohio, offers an exhilarating golfing experience for anyone looking to play 18 holes with some friends or host an event. Our picturesque, tree-lined fairway was created by Arthur Hills, a highly-regarded course designer with 180 of the most respected golf courses in the U.S. to his name. In addition, the massive clubhouse offers an ideal event venue for weddings, tournaments, and corporate outings. Visit the club's website to learn more about the prestigious course, or give them a call at (740) 763-1100.