Whether they’ve looked into it or not, many golfers will tell you that golfing is great for your health. It’s easy to justify golfing more often! But in this case, they would be right. If you’ve ever been out on the golf course, taking in the fresh air and swinging your club with just the right amount of pressure, you’ve probably noticed that you feel noticeably better than you might have staying inside and watching TV for the day. In fact, there are not one, but several benefits of golfing, both physically and mentally. Here are just a few that might make you consider adding golfing to the itinerary of your next Destin vacation.

Mental Sharpness

Golf isn’t a sport that requires a particular amount of strength or speed. Instead, it’s about precision. You have to consider all the angles of the shot you’re about to take, how much power to put behind your swing, and the risk and rewards of more challenging shots when it comes to racking up points. It’s a sport that requires keen thinking, and those skills will spill into every other aspect of your life. The walking done while golfing has also been shown to improve the brain’s memory circuits.

Heart Health

Between all the swinging and walking from hole to hole — especially if you choose not to take a golf cart — you get in quite the cardio workout playing golf. Golf is a great way to get your heart pumping and boost your blood flow without overexerting yourself. Experts often recommend recreational exercises like golf as a way to lose weight and risk the chances of a stroke or diabetes. It can also help you reduce bad cholesterol.

Vitamin D

We know how important it is to your health to go outside, to “take a walk” or “get some fresh air.” These sayings have become part of our everyday vocabulary. But another benefit of spending more time outside is the chance to soak up the natural sunlight. The vitamin D that you take in when you’re out in the Destin sun can help you to stay focused during the day and sleep better at night. It can reduce the risk of certain cancers and even reduce symptoms of depression.

Burn Calories

Looking for a way to burn calories? A 100 acre golf course can help with that, especially if you carry your own clubs and opt to walk instead of taking a golf cart. Golf Monthly, an online magazine dedicated to golfing, estimates that golfers can burn as many as 1,500 calories while golfing, which equates to about a 30-minute session at the gym. But unlike a 30-minute session at the gym, golf is generally more enjoyable and it’s much easier to build up the motivation to go.

Whether you’re looking for a chance to get in shape, reduce stress, or just enjoy a day of golf, don’t miss the opportunity to hit the links in Destin. Contact Forever Vacation Rentals today for more information on vacation rentals for your trip.

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