I am one of those girls who really doesn’t like sport. I never have, even as a child, sport was never my thing. I was always the last to be picked for sports teams, due to my lack of sporting ability. Pilates, Zumba, swimming, and badminton, are four sports that I can just about stand, but there has never been a sport that I have fallen head over heals in love with, until recently, that is.
Like most men, my fiancé is a real sports fanatic, he loves anything sports related. He has played football since he was four, and has always loved staying active. When it comes to sport, he is the polar opposite of me – he loves it, I hate it. A couple of months ago, he got really into golf again, after watching it being played on the television, and decided that he wanted to start playing again.
He knows as well as I do that sport isn’t my thing, but as he knew I love playing crazy golf – what’s not to love, he suggested I take up golf with him. His argument was that it would be something to do together, as well as a good way to keep fit. I wasn’t sure at first, but after some pursauding, I let him drag me down to our local driving range. A few swings later, and I was hooked.
I have always disliked sport, but golf is incredibly enjoyable. It’s not fast-paced, it doesn’t involve any running, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. If, like me, you aren’t a sport type of gal, I highly recomend that you give golf a go, as it could be the perfect sport for you.
Still not convinced to give golf a try? No – then make sure to keep reading below, for my guide to why golf is perfect for those of us who dislike sport.
It reduces stress
Just like taking part in intense sports, playing golf allows your brain to release endorphins that help to boost your mood and make you feel less stressed. If you are feeling stressed out, there is nothing like swinging a club and hitting a ball as hard as you can to calm you down.
When I’ve had a long day at work, there is nothing I enjoy more than de-stressing with a quick round of golf. It’s not just swinging the club and wacking a ball that does it, it’s the amazingly tranquil atmosphere of the golf course that helps me to relax.
It’s good for your brain
According to research, golf can help to keep your brain healthy, by preventing dementia. Playing golf stimulates blood circulation to the brain, which helps to improve nerve cell connections, making your brain healthier and preventing the onset of dementia.
As well as this, when you play golf your mind is challenged. Swinging the club, working out a strategy and counting up the scores, are all great for improving your brain’s health.
Get a better night’s sleep
Exercising reguarly, such as playing golf, will help you to get a better night’s sleep. It will mean that not only will you fall asleep more quickly, but also that you will fall into a deeper sleep.
Fun form of exercise
As I mentioned above, I hate most sports with a passion. However, I have found that golf is a sport that I really enjoy. It might be a great way to exercie – you can walk six miles and burn 1,500 calories with a single game of 18 hole golf, but unlike many other sports, it isn’t too fast paced. Plus, golf is a laugh, which makes it even more enjoyable.
Until recently, I had always struggled to find ways to exercise. However, then I started playing golf and instantly loved it. It might not be in the same category as running every day, but for me, playing golf is the perfect sport.