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Golf has all the core ingredients that doctors recommend for optimum physical and mental health and wellbeing.

It’s better than a fast and furious gym session

Golf burns more calories than you’d think – at least 900 playing an 18-hole game of golf. It also combines the weight-loss benefits of walking, and the toning and muscle-strengthening benefits of swinging the clubs and carrying or pulling your golf bag. During the average game of golf you can walk around five to six miles.

Exercising outdoors boosts physical and mental health more than going to indoor gyms as it’s been proven to help improve your mood, stress levels and self-esteem. Plus, when it’s cold, burns up to 20 per cent more calories because your body needs extra energy to stay warm.

Natural boost

It is the perfect tonic for combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD, commonly known as the winter blues, which is triggered by a lack of daylight exposure. It affects up to one in 20 people in the UK with women three times more likely to suffer than men.

The exposure to sunlight also produces Vitamin D which helps maintain strong bones and teeth, and may even protect you against chronic illnesses like heart disease and cancer. Half of women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture due to weak bones – the brisk walking and swinging action in golf can also help guard against the bone-wasting disease osteoporosis.

Live longer, happier, healthier

Playing golf can help you live longer – and make those extra years healthier. According to a study from the Karolinska Institute, in Sweden it can increase your life expectancy by up to five years.

Golf’s powerful combination of stress-busting exercise, fresh air and camaraderie can help promote long term heart health. It can reduce blood pressure and raised cholesterol and cut your risk of stroke and diabetes - especially if combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle.Regular walking can also help ward off dementia.

Golf is a great way to meet new people – especially if you have just moved to a new area or are travelling overseas. Wherever there’s a golf course, there is a ready-made social life with people you have something in common with, out on the course and in the clubhouse afterwards.