It’s one of the biggest cliches around – January arrived and after the excesses of Christmas and New Year, everyone went on a health kick. Apparently it’s called ‘holiday remorse’ – the guilt-driven response to eating and drinking too much. We abandon all restraint and indulge in all the wrong things, safe in the knowledge that come January, we’ll snap back into a routine, eat well and lose weight.
So from January 1st, hoards of us signed up to the gym, fitness classes and personal trainers. Diet flew off every book shelf and fruit and vegetables became our best friends. We will get fit! We will look amazing! We will maintain a healthy weight!
Yet by this week – the second week of February around 80% of people will have given up. Gyms will no longer be crowded. Cheese and crisps will again be eaten (sometimes together). Jamie Oliver’s ‘Comfort Food’ will be re-read.
The fact is that fad diets and short term fixes are virtually always doomed to fail. The only way to change the outside is to change the inside – as in change the way you think about food and exercise. If you feel like you’re starving yourself and denying yourself the things you enjoy, you’re never going to sustain it. If you hate going to the gym, you’re going to find reasons not to go.
The best way to make a change is to find a way of getting healthier that you enjoy. The key is to make a life change – start doing something that increases your fitness levels that fits into your life and most importantly, you look forward to doing.
And golf is a great way for people of all ages to get fit.
Whatever age, ability or background
Golf is a great game for all, no matter what your age, fitness level or background. Whether you’re 8 or 80, you can play golf as it’s a low risk sport. Golf’s unique handicap scoring system means that people of all levels of ability can play together, which also makes it a very sociable game.
Golf is a game for all the family and even if you’re well into your twilight years, it’s really never too late to start!
Get fit without realising
First of all playing golf is fun, so you burn calories without having to go through the blood, sweat and tears sometimes associated with the gym. For example, an 18 hole game of golf will burn a minimum of 900 calories, particularly if you are carrying your own clubs.
As well as enhancing overall fitness levels, golf helps to improve co-ordination. Plus, the simple act of being outdoors comes with huge health benefits. Studies have shown that people who spend plenty of time outdoors are often more relaxed and less stressed and anxious. Sunlight comes with vitamin D, promoting healthy bones and reducing the risk of heart disease and depression.
Golfing involves a lot of walking, carrying and swinging, which increases your heart rate. This in turn increases blood flow, which lowers the risk of heart disease.
Lazy day or express
Many of us love to spend most of the day on the golf course if possible. However, if your lifestyle simply doesn’t allow for that much time, golf doesn’t need to take up an entire day. Usually, 9 holes should only take two hours.
Plus with Warley Park’s Express Golf Plus, 18 holes will take approximately two hours and 9 holes just 60 minutes! Express Golf Plus is run by England Golf – more information can be found by clicking here.
It’s never too late to make a resolution that you can stick to for life. Visit Warley Park Golf Club’s membership page for further details of the options available.