April is Stress Awareness Month and it couldn’t arrive at a better time. These days, we all could use some extra stress relief. You don’t have to convince us that a day spent golfing is a great way to reduce stress. In fact, we think it’s the one of the best ways. But don’t take our word for it, because science backs us up.
Curious? We were too, so we decided to do some research to learn what makes golf such an awesome stress reliever. We were impressed, and you will be too. Here’s the science behind how golf relieves stress.
Staying fit reduces stress.
Some say golf is a “leisure activity.” We respectfully disagree. As anyone who has ever played an 18-hole course can tell you, it’s a serious workout, especially if you’re playing without a caddy or golf cart. Exercise is nature’s original stress reliever. Physical activity boosts endorphins, your brain’s “feel-good” neurotransmitters. Runner’s call this feeling a “runners high,” but you can definitely get during a round of golf too, especially on a particularly challenging course.
Moving helps you sleep and feel better.
Poor sleep is often associated with stress, depression and anxiety. It’s a vicious cycle. The more stressed you are, the less you sleep. The less you sleep, the more stressed you become. Staying fit by golfing can help improve your sleep. It can also improve your mood too (especially if you’re beating your buddies).
Get outdoors to feel better inside.
There are many things we love about golf, but one of our favorites is we get to play outside. Turns out being outside doesn’t just feel good, it is literally good for you. Being in nature reduces anger, fear and stress. In fact, being outdoors has even been shown to reduce blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension and stress hormones.
Golf is good for your brain.
Whether you’re new to the game or a seasoned pro, you know that golf isn’t just a physical sport, it’s a mental activity. Concentrating on your shot, maintaining proper form, and plotting strategy are every bit as important as walking and swinging. And they’re all good for your brain, too. Your brain needs three times as much oxygen as your muscles. So just by focusing on the game, you’re sending oxygen-rich blood to your brain, increasing your brain’s elasticity and cognitive abilities. No wonder golfers are so smart.
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