An extended lunch break might provide an opportunity to play golf, but doing so offers more benefits than just some time away from the daily grind at work. Reorganizing your day so you can play golf at lunchtime positively affects your physical, mental and emotional health, but it can also help your business.
As you might imagine, playing golf burns calories and helps keep you in shape. What might surprise you, though, is how beneficial golf is as a physical activity. Consider this:
A study by Neil Wolkodoff, Ph.D., of the Colorado Center for Health and Sport Science showed that walking while carrying your bag burns 721 calories for nine holes and walking with a push cart burns 718 calories. If you walk with a caddie, you’ll burn approximately 621 calories for the same nine holes. In a hurry to get back to the office? You can still burn 411 calories playing golf with a riding cart. And in an article on the center’s website, Wolkodoff explained, “One of the surprise realizations was that just swinging a golf club about 100 times uses up a significant amount of energy.” So, if you don’t have time for nine holes, you can hit the practice range and reap health benefits.
Sure, you can burn some calories on your lunch break, but did you know there are other physical benefits? Harvard Medical School published a study of the effects of golf on sedentary middle-aged men. Those who played two to three 18-hole rounds of golf per week reduced abdominal fat, improved their aerobic capacity, increased their muscular strength and increased their “good” (HDL) cholesterol levels. That’s a lot of benefits. You may want to start rearranging your schedule to fit some golf into your lunchtime plans.
Related to the physical benefits are the emotional and mental benefits you can garner by playing nine holes at lunchtime. Research shows, time and time again, that even simple exercise reduces stress. Just the break from work is a stress-reducer and, of course, everyone needs a break in order to re-energize.
Any cardiovascular activity – golf included – has a profound effect on the mind. The brain needs oxygen to function properly, so the physical nature of golf gets oxygenated blood flowing through the body and to the brain. With physical activity like golf, your body also releases chemicals called endorphins that trigger a positive feeling. This means that when you return to work after your lunch break, your brain may be working more efficiently.
Golf also provides the emotional benefits of feeling connected with other people in a non-work environment, and the enjoyment and relaxation of being outside in beautiful surroundings. In other words, stop and smell the magnolias and the scent of freshly cut grass.
Your casual round of lunchtime golf could lead to a key business connection and, perhaps, a contract down the road. The country club – or even public course – is a great place to network without the pressure or conventional protocol of a business function. Show up alone and asked to get paired with a group; you’ll meet new people, have a good time and may even pave the way for a future business relationship. On the golf course, there’s time between shots to get to know a potential client or a potential employee. Business is all about building relationships, and the contacts you make can lead to more contacts … and perhaps some very profitable business relationships. That’s something you would miss out on brown-bagging it at your desk or eating at your usual restaurant with your business colleagues.
source : http://golfkard.com/blog/2016/02/10/reorganize-your-day-to-play-golf-on-your-lunch-break/