Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots – but you have to play the ball where it lies.
– Bobby Jones
At 6:30 AM, I stepped up to the first tee at Grandview Country Club and took a deep breath of clear mountain air while gazing out over a breathtaking vista of lush green fairways and a forest teeming with awakening life. I swung, and the confident swish of my driver cut the morning silence, ending in the solid connect of a well-struck ball. I raised my eyes to follow the shot and was greeted by a backdrop of blue majestic mountains off in the distance. “Dear God,” I prayed, “Thank you so much for Monday mornings.”
Do you feel that way about Mondays or are you still dragging yourself to work with a sense of foreboding towards what you just know will be a terrible day? According to the American Institute of Stress, 80% of workers feel stress on the job and 42% say that coworkers need help with stress related issues. If your Monday starts out with you not wanting to go to work, how stressful will Wednesday and Thursday be? Putting stress relief first on your list makes your whole week better.
The Physical and Therapeutic Benefits of Golf
The American Society of Golf Course Architects recently published the results of a study conducted by Neil Wolkodoff of the Rose Center for Health and Sports Sciences in Denver. According to the study, on average, golfers who carry their bag and walk nine holes burn 721 calories, golfers with a pull cart burn 718 calories, and golfers riding in a cart burn 411 calories. Physically, golf is one of the best exercises you can engage in.
From a therapeutic standpoint, golf relieves stress. A study published earlier this year in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports reveals that death by stress related illnesses is 40% less likely for golfers and that playing the game can add up to five years in life expectancy. Simply knowing that should improve your demeanor while you invest a few hours into your golf game on a Monday morning.
Start Your Monday by Enjoying Life
Maybe golf isn’t right for you. I happen to love the game, but have played with others who do nothing but curse their way down the fairway. If swinging the clubs is frustrating for you, take a long walk. If you live by the water, go for a swim. Many go to the gym, but for most that’s too much like work. Do something slow paced and enjoyable for a couple of hours to start your day on Monday. If you really like it, do it again on Wednesday. You’ll find stress levels will be reduced and work won’t be quite so unbearable. You might even start to like your job …