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How Can Golf Contribute to a Healthy Lifestyle

Unfortunately, many people exercise only when they want to burn calories and lose that extra weight. However, getting fit is not the only benefit of working out. In fact, playing sports can do wonders for your mental health. Golf is the perfect example since it not only promotes social interaction, but it also improves your concentration and focus. In addition, it is an outdoor sport, so you get to spend time in attractive lush settings and get some fresh air. Whether you are in your 20s or your 50s, golf is a sport that deserves your attention. Just read the following list and see why you should give this game a chance.

Reconnecting with nature

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As you might know from your own experience or from the movies and TV shows, golf is usually played in attractive locations with green rolling hills, lakes and fairways. While exercising alone has many benefits, playing sports in such pleasant landscapes positively affects one’s self-esteem. Therefore, next time you feel drained from a long day at the office, instead of going to an indoor gym, grab your golf clubs and spend some time on a golf course. This game is not reserved just for nice weather. If you want to enjoy a more challenging game, feel free to play during cloudy or rainy days

Making friends
It is no wonder that many businessmen choose to discuss work on a golf course. There they can spend several quality hours with clients or partners, have conversations between shots and discover mutual interests in serene surroundings. Golf is a sport that promotes sociability and allows people to meet others, make friends and enhance relationships. Since golfers often play in teams, this game helps avoid feelings of isolation and loneliness. These positive interpersonal interactions lower the chances of developing mental health problems, whilst relaxing outdoors reduces the stress levels and the risk of a stroke.

Collecting thoughts
Golf is a sport that requires a high amount of concentration. You need to keep an eye on where the hole is in relation to the ball, figure out the amount of force required to hit the ball and get the trajectory right tin order to score that famous hole in one. When your mind is completely focused on one task it won’t drift to negative or stressful thoughts. This is one of many reasons why a round of golf is a great way to unwind after a long day. When you are playing golf you are not thinking about anything else – just golf.  Therefore, when you need to recharge your batteries hit the golf course and get that well-deserved break.

Getting enough exercise
Due to its moderate activity level, golf is a sport for everyone. However, don’t let that fool you, this game will still provide a stimulating challenge. In an 18-hole game, you will need to walk more than 10,000 steps and if you do it three to five times a week, you’ll get an optimal amount of exercise for your heart. If you want to benefit even more from a round of golf, pull your clubs or carry them. Although when it comes to golf the risk of injury is low, injuries can still happen especially if you use the incorrect technique and don’t warm-up and stretch before playing. Therefore, before you grab your clubs warm up with gentle movement and mobility exercises paying particular attention to your back, shoulders, and arms. In addition, make sure you use good equipment including shoes, gloves, and clothing. If you’re not sure which golf equipment you should get, you can find amazing and thorough reviews on resourceful sites such as Hombre Golf Club  . When you step onto the golf course, make sure you wear sun protection especially between September and April where heat is at its highest.

Golf is great for your health and your heart, it improves your muscle tone and endurance, helps you stay fit and lose weight and body fat. In addition, it is a great way to keep in touch with friends, meet new people and reduce your stress levels. If you are interested in reaping all the benefits of this amazing game, take lessons to acquire the fundamental skills before hitting the course.

Outdoor Living for Any Weather

Here in the UK, we all seem to love the idea of spending more time outdoors, but the reality is that our unpredictable weather doesn’t always allow it. Wanting to get outdoors and being able to (without the use of dry bags!) are two very different things when there’s a threat of rain or it’s just too chilly, but there are things that you can buy from Cox and Cox which mean that your gardens don’t go unused all year round. Here are some of our favourites:

Outdoor Large Brazier

Sitting around with your friends, sharing a bottle of wine and putting the world to rights is a simple pleasure and this brazier will not only keep you warm while you do so, it’ll help to keep away unwanted bugs AND give you somewhere to toast marshmallows if that takes your fancy.

LED Jar Lantern

Sitting outside is all well and good but when it gets dark, you need to be able to see! These LED jar lanterns are battery powered and ca be placed anywhere that you need light, or even strung up in a group to give you all the light you need to continue enjoying your evening’s festivities, even after the night has drawn in.

Porto Lounge Set

No-one wants ti sit outside if your patio furniture is hard and uncomfortable, which is why this lounge set would be an excellent investment. The padded seats are warm and comfortable, allowing you to take a little bit of indoor luxury outside with you, giving your guests somewhere to sit for as long as they want.

Soft Wool Throw

One simple way to keep your gusts more comfortable if you’re spending an evening outside is to keep a stash of hardy blankets which they can use to keep themselves warm! These beautiful soft wool throws will feel great wrapped around your shoulders to keep out the cool evening breeze and will allow you to carry on your alfresco socialising well into the night.

What would you chose from the range to keep you warm and happy for outdoor gatherings? Take a look at the site and leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Are We Fat Because of the Weather?

Exercising in the SunshineFor the last couple of days, Husband and I have been getting out on our bikes for a few hours. In fact, in the last 2 days, we’ve ridden 23 miles, which is a piffling amount for my Husband, who’s a lifelong cyclist, but it’s a huge achievement for me, someone who’s been on a bike probably twice in the past ten years. Sure, I feel a bit like I’ve been repeatedly kicked in the perineum, but I’ve discovered that I actually really love cycling. Yesterday, we rode to Belfairs Woods and around the dirt track and I was knackered beaming by the end of it.

On our rides, I’ve noticed a lot more people out and about, exercising and enjoying themselves. Yesterday, we saw joggers, walkers, cyclists, even a whole bunch of kids taking advantage of the number of free tennis courts that we have around our area. Everyone seemed happy to be out in the sun and their energy levels were infectious. I couldn’t help but wonder if the reason that everyone was engaging in healthier activities was the fact that the sun was shining?

You have to admit, here in the UK, our weather can be appalling – this latest spate of good weather has only just sprung itself upon us after one of the worst winters on record and there’s no denying that cold, wet weather makes us all want to hibernate. When the weather is rubbish, we all like to stay indoors and indulge in comfort food and it’s infinitely harder to find the motivation to exercise.

When your house is warm and cosy, the thought of pulling on your running shoes and pounding the pavements in the cold drizzle is wholly unappealing. The other issue is the fact that we run out of daylight hours before we get a chance to exercise. Anyone who works 9-5 will spend the majority of daylight at work and running in the dark is not my idea of fun (or safety). So, the other option is a gym subscription, but even our local council run gym is now over £40 a month for a basic membership, which is out of a lot of people’s budgets.

Having said all of that, I looked into the statistics and was surprised by what I found. According to the latest data, 61.3% or UK adults are classified as overweight or obese, which is shockingly high, but by the same token 60% of Australian adults are also in the overweight or obese category, which goes to show that there are definitely other factors at work.

Obviously, I can’t blame the fact that I’m fat entirely on the weather, but all I know is this: I have been so much happier exercising in the sunshine this past week and I don’t seem to be the only one. Would we all live more active lifestyles if we had year-round sun?

What about you? Are you more active in the sunshine? Are you a gym bunny all year round or do you hibernate like me? Leave me a comment below.