Golf can be one of the most fiercely competitive sports in existence. And the nerves and pressure that accompany a competitive round of golf can skyrocket unlike anything you've experienced. These nerves and this pressure can cause the greatest players in the world, indeed some of the greatest athletes on earth, to crumble and mishit shots or miss putts in a way that seem plain silly.

Luckily, most of us will never experience that kind of pressure or those kinds of nerves because when we go golfing, we do it just for fun. But beyond the fun of golf, this sport can also provide you with many great health benefits. This article will discuss 4 specific ways golf is great for both your body and your mind.

Being Outdoors Reduces Stress

One of the great benefits of golf is that it forces you to be outdoors for an extended period of time. Whether you decide to walk the course or ride in a golf cart, your mind and body are still outdoors, breathing in fresh air, and taking in the beauty of the earth, even if only at a subconscious level.

Being outdoors and breathing in fresh air are great for your wellbeing. It can help clear your mind of worry and stress. Any burdens you are carrying are often made lighter, and during your golf round they might go away completely. Some of the very best conversations I've had with my wife have occurred just after a round of golf because my mind was clear and worry-free.

I will suggest that to get the greatest relief from stress, worry, and other burdens, you should consider turning off your cell phone. That way you won't be tempted to answer phone calls, texts, or emails during your round that could prevent your mind from experiencing the relief from all of these things.

We Get Much Needed Vitamin D from the Sun

Most of us don't get nearly as vitamin D as we need from our diets alone. This is problematic because vitamin D provides us with a ton of health benefits. Honestly, I could write pages and pages of content on the known and presumed benefits of vitamin D. Let me just say that vitamin D can help our bodies fight disease, reduce depression, and lose weight. It's amazing stuff!

However, the majority of the population is vitamin D deficient, and therefore not able to reap the many amazing benefits vitamin D brings. Did you know that exposure to the sun is the very best way to get vitamin D? That's right, the body can take ultraviolet rays and synthesize it into vitamin D. And when you go golfing, you're getting the exposure necessary for this to occur. Of course, you must make sure you are cautious and avoid getting sunburn, which can be very bad for the body.

Golf Forces Us to Socialize

When you go golfing, you almost always are accompanied by other players. And for most of us, we get to choose the companions we go golfing with. A round of golf can last anywhere from 2 to 4 hours or longer. This is an amount of time you can spend with friends or family that you may not be able to get any other way. You can spend the time talking and getting to know each other better, ultimately solidifying and strengthening some of the most important relationships in your life.

In my late twenties, my grandfather began inviting my dad and me to go golfing with him a couple of times a month. I had never really had a conversation with my grandfather before this. Golfing with my grandfather is the sole reason I developed a meaningful relationship with him. That time spent with him is very special to me, and many of our conversations I will always cherish and remember.

Golf Gets Our Bodies Active

Golf forces our bodies into action. In a world of digital media accessible by devices and screens big and small, we are becoming more and more of a society that spends far too much time sitting and lounging. Golf requires a certain amount of walking, which is movement that is great for our muscles and joints. Swinging a club requires even more movement, with very little contact and/or impact, which is also great for our muscles and joints. This movement can help our bodies with flexibility, strength, and stiffness.

Conclusion

Golf is not just a sport that is fun to play, though it can certainly be that. There are many benefits to the body and the mind that can be achieved with very little effort. Simply getting out in the outdoors and spending time with people we care about can yield enormous benefits that can improve our physical, mental, and emotional health significantly. So, go get yourself some clubs and get out on the course!

Author's Bio: 

Clifton Stewart is a husband and a father of two. He is passionate about golf and about helping others discover and improve their passion for golf as well. He owns and runs Golf Treasury at https://www.golftreasury.com as a way to help him fulfill his passion.