Golf Extends your Life expectancy

Spring 2009 CSANews Issue 70  |  Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.Back to list

Golf extends your life expectancy

Scientists from Sweden claim that the death rate for golfers is 40% lower than other people from the same sex, age and socioeconomic status, which corresponds to a five-year increase in life expectancy.

It's not just about the exercise, either. There are many aspects to the game which improve your health conditions on many levels. Golf offers the player a mental challenge. Counting shots, analyzing yardages, selecting clubs, working out the counterintuitive nature of your stroke and remaining calm are all very important to keeping your mind in shape.

The social aspect of meeting new people when you invite a single player to join a threesome, getting to know friends and acquaintances better for several hours when the primary focus is the game itself, and practising the rules of etiquette encourage a feeling of respect for the other players (people) and the course (nature).

The physical benefits are, of course, quite obvious. The cardiovascular workout from walking the course, burning calories by swinging the club and simply bending over to place or pick up the ball keeps essential muscles limber and trim.

When you walk the course, you will burn approximately 1,000 calories. If you have concerns about pushing yourself too hard, start gently. Walk the first nine holes and ride in a cart for the back nine. If you have a partner with a cart, take turns riding and walking, alternating each hole with the assurance that the cart is available at any time if you start to feel fatigued.

Editorial Note: the only aspect of this study that disturbed us was that golfers with a lower handicap were found to benefit more from the game than their counterparts.