Assistant professor at Michigan State University, Margaret Ann Dimond has spent over 15 years in academia. When not teaching graduate leadership courses or donating her time to charitable organizations, Margaret Ann Dimond enjoys golfing in her leisure time and has been playing for over 30 years. Golf, like any other sport, grants players plenty of health benefits, though often unknown by players.
Physically, playing golf is great for heart health, as an 18-hole course can take hours to complete, meaning the heart rate is higher for a longer period than most other sports. This increased heart rate increases blood flow, which also improves brain stimulation, fighting off Alzheimer’s and dementia in old age.
As the number of steps needed for weight loss is 10,000 steps each day, it’s easy to far surpass that number during a golf game, with female players burning nearly 1,500 calories during an 18-hole round. Golf is also a sport with a very low risk of injury.
A golf game can lead to better sleep after a long day of being outdoors and can also help reduce stress by releasing endorphins and inspiring players to chat with friends and fellow golfers, leading to a better mood.