Attending live golf is good for your health

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Golf spectators aren’t limited to a seat, as with many other sports, and are instead free to walk around the courses.

On average, Paul Lawrie Matchplay spectators walked an average of more than 11,589 steps, with more than 82% meeting daily physical activity recommendations and more than 60% expressing an interest in becoming more physically active after watching golf.

Golf spectators at the 2014 Ryder Cup collectively walked four times around the world.

First published in International Therapist, Autumn 2017, Issue 122

See an infographic on the health benefits of golf


Member News – November

The November issue of FHT Member News is out today. Take a peek at what’s inside…


Member News features the latest therapy updates, job and training opportunities, as well as information about your membership.

In this month’s issue:

Members, be sure to check your inbox this evening for your copy.

If you’re not a member and would like to receive our updates…

Find out more about joining the FHT – the largest professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland. Visit or call 023 8062 4350 today.

Report highlights practitioners listed on Accredited Registers are an untapped resource in tackling public health challenges

The FHT welcomes a joint report published today by the Professional Standards Authority and Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), which highlights how more than 80,000 practitioners listed on Accredited Registers – including more than 10,000 FHT members – are able to contribute to improving public health.

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The report, based on a survey of over 4,500 listed on Accredited Registers (ARs), also looks at some of the barriers that prevent these practitioners from doing more to support the health of the nation, and provides some recommendations to help them realise their full potential.

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of RSPG, comments, ‘We know that AR practitioners typically take a holistic approach to wellbeing, and develop long-term and trusted relationships with their patients, putting them in an ideal position to have lifestyle health conversations with them. The AR workforce accounts for thousands of interactions with members of the public every day: we are calling for these practitioners to be given the right support, so that we can unleash their full potential to improve the public’s health.’

Our thanks to those FHT members who completed the survey and contributed to this report.

Read the full report, Untapped Resources

Ten top tips for International Stress Awareness Day

Susan Scott, author of How To Prevent Burnout (October 2017) and How To Have An Outstanding Career (May 2017) offers ten top tips for dealing with stress.


  1. Increase your personal stress awareness. Recognise the symptoms. These can be physical, emotional, behavioural or psychological. Consider what might be causing you to feel the way you do and what action might be required to address the causes. If you’re finding it hard to identify the causes, keep a stress diary, recording the events that caused you to feel bad and how they made you feel.


  1. Review your diet and lifestyle with honesty. What are you drinking, smoking and eating? Has this changed recently? If yes, and you’re drinking or smoking more or relying more on sugary carbohydrate foods to get you through the energy slumps then you need to make changes as this self-medicating isn’t helping.


  1. Balance your energy. Stress increases our demand for certain nutrients such as vitamins C, B, zinc and protein. It’s important to eat unprocessed foods to optimise your nutrient intake. Always have something to eat by 10am to balance blood sugar and drive up energy. Having some protein along with carbs at each meal, such as chicken, salmon and cheese, really helps to balance blood sugar and give you more sustainable energy.


  1. Have a health MOT. The stress response raises blood pressure and cholesterol, leads to imbalances in your blood sugar response and strain on the function of the liver and kidneys. Get these checked out with your GP to ensure stress doesn’t lead to ill-health.


  1. Take some time to switch off the on-button. Take time out during the chaos of the day to be on your own and practice a relaxation technique. Choose a quiet place away from people, where you can sit or stand quietly. Taking three deep breaths is a useful technique to reduce elevated stress hormones and lower a racing heart rate.


  1. Take regular exercise. Book an appointment in your diary for some physical exercise such as a brisk walk at the local park, a cycle ride or a swim at a local pool at least three times a week. This is one of the best ways to use up excess stress hormones but it will only happen if you schedule it into your busy working life.


  1. Make a resolution to manage your time more effectively. If you’re disorganised, make a to-do list. If you’re a perfectionist, identify a cut off point or time allocation. Prioritise your workload and say ‘no’ if you’re in danger of over committing yourself. If you do this calmly but firmly stating the reasons why, you will not feel so guilty about it.


  1. Deal with problems when they arise. The worst thing you can do is to let them fester. Burying your head in the sand will not make the problem go away, in fact it’s likely to become worse and the longer it goes on the more it plays on your mind, stressing you.


  1. Switch off in the evening. But not with alcohol. Alcohol is a stimulant which upsets the sleep pattern. Digital technology is also a stimulant so have a digital sundown and switch everything off at least two hours before bed.


  1. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Speak in confidence to your manager or HR director. If you feel the processes are not in place for this then contact a specialist stress coach to help you identify what is really happening in your life and guide you to creating stress proofing strategies. The sooner you can overcome the stress-inducing pressures and build your resilience, the sooner you will be back working at full speed and optimising your performance.