Golf is a good workout for your body, but it’s also great for your mind as well. When you play around of golf on a golf and spa break at your favourite resort, you’re giving your grey matter some exercise as well as your muscles.
So how is golf good for your brain? Here are some of the ways that golf benefits your brain power.
You Practice Visualization
When you are about to hit the ball, you imagine your perfect swing and visualise the ball reaching the hole. Here are some great visualisation techniques for improving your golf game. Did you know that when you visualise something, it lights up the same centers in the brain that are stimulate when you actually do that thing?
There has been a lot of research that shows athletes who use these types of visualization techniques are much more successful in improving their game. You can also use visualization techniques in other aspects of your life, such as visualizing yourself getting a great job, giving a great presentation at work or asking out that cutie at the coffee shop.
You Learn Focus
When you are golfing and really concentrating on that swing, you will be blocking out all surrounding distractions – including your chatty golfing buddies. The more you practice this skill, the better you will be able to block out distractions in all situations. The ability to give a task your full concentration will give you a huge advantage in a lot of ways no matter what it is that you are doing.
You Hone Your Problem Solving Skills
Sometimes you come across a very difficult hole and you need to figure out how you will make your move. Or, you might find yourself hitting the bunker or in the rough and you have to determine how to get out of your predicament. In these situations, you will need to figure out what to do, which is great practice for your problem solving skills. Problem solving skills are very important to have and they will help you out in all aspects of your life.
More Blood Flow to the Brain
Golf is great exercise, which will increase the blood flow to your brain. This is especially true if you make sure to walk rather than taking a golf cart. According to studies, when there is more blood flow to the brain this will increase the cognitive function. Of course, the blood flow is to the entire body which will benefit you in a wide range of ways.
Most people rarely golf alone, they usually spend the time with their friends or colleagues on the golf course. This is great for the brain because studies have shown that socializing has a positive effect on your cognitive function. When you spend time with your friends you will be developing your social skills, communication skills and much more. Also, many studies have shown that social interaction boosts your mood and helps to prevent depression.
Golfing will also help to improve your hand eye coordination and your motor skills. The precision that is necessary to make a golf stroke will help you to develop your cerebellum, which is the part of the brain that is related to precision, coordination and accurate timing. Having improved coordination will help you with any other sport you play, as well as in your day to day life.
It’s Fun and Relaxing
Serotonin is a brain chemical that is released when you are experiencing something enjoyable. If you are having a fun and relaxing game of golf out in the sunshine with your friends, your brain will be releasing serotonin. This will promote feelings of relaxation and will help you to be in better control of your emotions. This will put you in a better mood for the rest of the day and help you stay calm even when things get tough.
These are just a few of the reasons why golfing is great for your health and for your brain. So, there’s no better excuse to book a weekend away and enjoy some golf at your favorite resort. Check out Carden Park near Chester, a beautiful resort with a great golf course and so much more.