The Health Benefits of Golf

Now that spring has finally arrived, gentle breezes and warm sunlight may be leading you to take up some fun, outdoor, and healthy activities. If a brisk round of golf–walking from hole to hole and carrying your clubs–is on form of exercise you’ve chosen, hurray for you! As with any form of exercise, however, a round of golf will place serious demands on your body. But if you are really looking to improve your golf game, you can’t do much better than practice with a Medicus Driver.

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For some people with diabetes, the prospect of playing nine or 18 holes on a beautiful afternoon may heighten their worry about controlling their diabetes. A game of golf can take anywhere from four to six hours to finish. Some exercise enthusiasts may be concerned about low blood glucose levels. No matter how idyllic a day on the greens and fairways sounds, their worries may keep them in the clubhouse instead of out of the course.

Although concerns about managing your diabetes are sensible, don’t let emotional or psychological sandtraps keep you out of the game. Just as practice improves your putting, a different kind of practice can help you control the low blood glucose levels that can occur during or after exercise.

The best thing you can do for yourself, even before tying on your golf shoes, is to consult with your doctor, diabetes nutritionist, or exercise specialist. Although exercise helps many people with diabetes stay healthy, people with diabetes who have eye disease, nerve damage, or other complications can be harmed by exercise. Your doctor can help you learn how golf would fit into you general health plan.

When it comes to planning one’s exercise around the game of golf, you’d probably do well to keep a few things in mind.

First, regular aerobic exercise–during which your pulse is elevated to healthy levels–is the most beneficial form of exercise for controlling your diabetes. A round of golf will probably require about four to six miles of walking. If you carry you clubs while walking, your body will get a usefull workout. If you use a golf cart to get from hole to hole, however, or if you hire a caddy to carry your golf bag, you probably won’t benefit very much. This is an important consideration because at some golf courses, players are required to use carts or caddies. You should probably call ahead to find out.

Second, many people may not be able to play golf with enough regularity to make it their primary exercise activity. When you visit you doctor, you can discuss how often you expect to play and whether other exercise activities help supplement the benefits you’ll get from golfing.

Third, it’s always a good idea to let you partners on the course know about your diabetes. Describe to them the signs of low blood sugar reactions and let them know what they can do to help if you have a reaction.

With the advice of your doctor and your nutritionist you can learn how to balance your body’s need for exercise with the appropriate foods.

 
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