Golfers Live 5 Years Longer!


Did you know golfers live five years longer?

It’s certainly not something I have seen anyone else in the golf industry talking much about but it’s a fact. A fact everyone in the industry should be shouting from the highest peaks for there is way too much negative press about golf and not nearly enough about the games amazing mental and physical benefits.

People who play golf live longer, healthier lives. Five years longer on average, according to a recent study the Karolinska Institute, in Sweden.

Not that surprising really…

Golf Keeps You In Shape

A study done by Reebok showed that golfers who walk and carry burn approximately 55 percent more calories than those who ride in a cart.

The number of calories varies by distance walked and also the metabolic rate of the golfer. But fitness experts estimate you’ll burn roughly 1,500 calories during a four-hour round. A round of golf is 10,000 steps or about a 5-mile walk. That’s 825 calories more than if you ride in a cart, which clocks in at 675 calroies. So no matter how good or bad your play, if you walk or ride you can at least get some exercise and calorie burn out of your round!

The golf industry especially in the USA where many clubs depend on cart income does a poor job of communicating this important aspect of the game. Encouraging players to ride nine and walk nine by appealing to fitness may be a good start.

Golf Keeps You Mentally Active

Golf is not just a physical game but a mental one as well. It calls for strategy, creativity and problem solving, all of which help keep your brain active, one of the key ingredients in fighting off the aging process.

Golf Helps Relive Stress

The natural environment helps relive stress while the social aspects allow you to make new friends easily. Says Professor Anders Ahlbom “People play golf into old age, and there are also positive social and psychological aspects to the game that can be of help.”

The friendships created provide motivation to meet and go play! They increase self-esteem and happiness. Golf can help to lift depression and improve someone’s outlook on life. (Unless you start shanking it which quickly drives you insane) All of these attributes help improve mental health by leaving golfers with a feeling of greater satisfaction.

Golfers Get More Sun and Feel Better

While we all know the dangers of too much sun the sun does provide one very important nutrient – vitamin D. The sun is one of the best ways to soak up vitamin D, something many lack in their regular diet. Vitamin D can raise energy levels, improve attitude, aids calcium absorption, and generates cell growth. Overall, it’s a vitamin that just makes us feel good.

Golfers Sleep Better

Studies show that people who engage in regular physical activity and have proper nutrition sleep with less interruptions and report sleeping soundly. Getting sound sleep helps a person’s health in a number of ways, and golfing is one activity that can help you obtain a better night’s sleep.

The Better You Play The More You Benefit

The study on golfers living longer, which was published in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, is based on data from 300,000 Swedish golfers and shows that golf has beneficial health effects. Golfers have a lower death rate regardless of sex, age and social group.

Better call the pro and take some lessons because….

The lowest death rates were found in the group of players with the lowest handicap. Says Professor Ahlbom, “Maintaining a low handicap involves playing a lot, so this supports the idea that it is largely the game itself that is good for the health.”

Now you wouldn’t want to argue with your doctor would you? So get off the couch and get out and golf. Your body, mind, insurance agent and loved ones will all thank you!

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