03 Apr 5 Reasons to Start Golfing the Central Coast
1. Vitamin D
Golfing the Central Coast is a great way to get your vitamin D. With the average game taking about three hours, you’re sure to get a good dose of Vitamin D while exercising and taking in the beautiful surroundings of most Central Coast golf courses.
Did you know that the average American is Vitamin D deficient? Eighty-five percent of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D levels affect everything from the body’s ability to fight cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and even depression. Responsible for multiple health benefits when levels are in tact and varying ailments when not, vitamin D is an important part of your health.
2. Stress Reduction
A 2008 Swedish study revealed that those who golfed, when pinned against others of the same age, sex, and socioeconomic class had a 40% lower death rate. This equates to a 5 year greater life expectancy.
While we can’t say that stress is the main reason for these findings, we do know that stress is a killer. Between giving the golf ball a good whack, practicing mindfulness (which can translate into many other areas of our lives), and being active in that Vitamin D gifting sun, it is no surprise that golf, especially on the breath taking central coast, can make you live longer.
3. Improved Focus
Let’s face it- golf takes an immense amount of focus. For many people, the need for prolonged focus is actually what stops them from playing golf more. Focusing is hard work, after all. From work tasks to household responsibilities, there is a lot on the average person’s mind. If you cannot quiet the mind enough to see clearly where you want that drive to go, you’re likely to end up in a sand trap on every green. At that point, your golf game can turn into a stress itself!
To become good at golf means that you must be able to quiet the mind and become mindful and intentional. Whether or not you become a better golfer as a result, the potential outcome of better mind management seems a good enough reason to try. You will reap the benefits of mindfulness in tasks that require focus as well as tasks that we tend to take for granted and not focus on- like eating or driving.
4. Time For Nature
“I really wish that I hadn’t spent this weekend outdoors in nature,” said no one ever.
Nature is a source of relaxation, inspiration, and happiness for just about everybody. We are blessed on the Central Coast to be home to some of the most beautiful and well renowned golf courses in the world. Even if you can’t swing the greens fees at a place like Pebble Beach, our very own Chalk Mountain, Paso Robles Golf Club, Dairy Creek, San Luis Obispo Country Club and Morro Bay offer incredible nature at every hole.
5. Social Time
As you get older (not old but older) you tend to have less time with to spend with friends. Not spending enough time with peers means you may not get the chance to talk about your life much. Numerous studies have shown that talking through problems or life events can create clarity around solutions. This equates to less stress and potentially avoiding rash decisions that you might later regret.
Friends are an important part of life. Companionship is seen throughout the entire animal kingdom and is undeniably natural and necessary. Go ahead, call up your long lost friend and enjoy 18 holes of laughter, talking, and exercise. Don’t forget that many of our local courses offer exquisite menus so you can wrap a great day on the course up with a delicious meal.
The bonus benefit of golf, of course, is that twisting your torso on the greens gives you an excuse to come into Hart Family Chiropractic and take care of yourself.