What are the well being advantages of enjoying golf? Iona Stephen investigates in new collection from The R&A

What are the health benefits of playing golf? Iona Stephen investigates in new series from The R&A

The primary episode covers psychological well being and well-being and the second focuses on bodily well being, with the ultimate present on energy and stability; First episode out now, with the subsequent two accessible later this month

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With participation ranges in golf rising yearly, Iona Stephen investigates the well being advantages of enjoying golf

With participation ranges in golf rising yearly, Iona Stephen investigates the well being advantages of enjoying golf

Golf’s widespread bodily, psychological and social well being advantages have been dropped at life in a brand new video collection from The R&A by which broadcaster and presenter Iona Stephen uncovers how enjoying the game may help you develop into fitter, more healthy and happier.

At a time when report numbers are actually enjoying golf worldwide, ‘Iona Investigates’ is a three-part collection the place Stephen learns how folks of all ages, skills and backgrounds are reaping the rewards of enjoying the game.

Stephen speaks with well-known faces from different sports activities – together with former Liverpool and Republic of Eire footballer Jason McAteer and ex-England cricket worldwide James Taylor – main medical professionals, health instructors and membership golfers to know how golf improves normal health, eases stress and anxiousness, and affords social interplay.

The primary episode covers psychological well being and well-being, the second on bodily well being, and a remaining present on energy and stability.

“Engaged on this collection has been a hugely-rewarding expertise,” mentioned Stephen. “I’ve found extra about golf’s great well being advantages and helped to spotlight them by talking to folks from many various backgrounds.

“Once I’m enjoying golf I really feel uncomplicated, it is like your thoughts is specializing in one goal – to get the ball from A to B. That focus brings you into a spot of mindfulness and circulation, the place there is not house for the problems and pressures in our every day lives.

“Golf is for people who find themselves busy working, who’ve younger youngsters, and for individuals who have retired with extra time on their fingers. Golf is for completely everybody, younger and previous, and wherever they’re from and no matter they do.”

Former footballer McAteer has been instrumental in speaking about psychological well being, particularly for younger folks, and he outlines how he has used golf for his personal profit in recovering from melancholy.

Former Liverpool star Jason McAteer is among the stars in the series

Former Liverpool star Jason McAteer is among the many stars within the collection

McAteer, who has been enjoying golf for round 12 years, mentioned: “Golf has been superb, actually from a psychological well being facet. I used to be in all probability in a nasty place after I completed enjoying soccer. It left a large void and my psychological well being spiralled uncontrolled. I used to be having a troublesome time and I discovered golf. Golf in all probability saved my life.”

Taylor’s thriving cricket profession was sadly reduce quick by a life-changing coronary heart situation aged simply 26 in 2016, however he additionally reveals how golf has since benefitted his bodily and psychological well being.

“To must retire if you find yourself on the high of the sport was extremely arduous to take – my life modified eternally,” he admits. “The physician in hospital advised me I could not train like I used to, however I may play golf. As quickly as I took it up I used to be hooked, what a sport it’s. Golf from then modified my life. It gave me a function, a technical problem, the psychological stimulation, the train and permits me to be aggressive.”

St Andrews-based Stephen additionally tells her personal story of coming late into golf and the way the game began to have a constructive influence on her life after discovering Ranfurly Fort Golf Membership when a pupil on the College of Glasgow.

In recent times, The R&A has strived to speak golf’s well being advantages to a world viewers and underline the position the game performs in well being and social well-being.

Working with organisations such because the World Well being Group, the DP World Tour, different golf our bodies and revered medical professionals resembling Dr Andrew Murray, The R&A has been concerned in varied scientific analysis research to make the game extra interesting to all.

Analysis has revealed that, on common, golfers reside 5 years longer than non-golfers whereas golf, as a bodily exercise, may help forestall and deal with 40 main continual ailments, together with diabetes, coronary heart assaults, stroke, breast and colon most cancers, melancholy and dementia.

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