Golf is a sport for all ages. Whether you are starting off at a young age or spending your retirement days playing a few holes it is an all-encompassing sport. The San Diego Lifestyle Blog previously wrote a post titled ‘5 Reasons I Love Golf’ so in this post we are going to expand upon one of the points: exercise.
Golf has a reputation for many things, yet one area that is often overlooked is the health benefits. No more. Here are 4 health benefits of golf.
Increased Life Expectancy
That’s right, those who play golf live longer to play more golf (and enjoy the other aspects of life, of course). According to the BBC, studies undertaken at Edinburgh University, Scotland found that golf could help players with chronic diseases such as heart disease, type-2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer and strokes.
Dr. Andrew Murray from the university said: “evidence suggests golfers live longer than non-golfers, enjoying improvements in cholesterol levels, body composition, wellness, self esteem and self worth.” The next time a non-golfer questions your devotion to the game you can tell them that you are merely extending your life.
Low Impact Exercise
Golf is not like most sports where after a certain age people cannot continue playing as their body gives up. A round of golf is usually played at a leisurely pace over a time period of 4 – 5 hours. Yet don’t let the pace of golf fool you into thinking it is a poor form of exercise. Popular golf magazine Golf Monthly believes that a round of golf equals an average 30-minute gym session. If you forgo the golf cart then the magazine estimates that walking an 18-hole course will result in 1,400 to 1,500 calories burnt. You may not walk off the course with a six-pack but you will definitely reap the benefits of exercise.
Help the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease
As you increase in age the fear of losing mental sharpness or falling victim to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease are very real. Keeping the mind active and engaged is one of the most effective methods to fighting these conditions. A round of golf engages the brain in many different ways from hand-eye coordination to tallying up scores when playing a friendly (or not) round against other players. Unlike most other sports golf can be taken up at any age making it ideal for those in their senior years looking for something new to do.
This point may seem contradictory to anyone who has read articles such as the one published by Play Your Course which looked at the world’s ‘Top 10 Angry Golfers’. While there is no doubt that at times golf can be club-breaking frustrating, the sport is also considered very beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that exercise not only helps reduce anxiety during the activity but also long after. Golf also has the added benefit of being an outdoor sport, and one where the outdoor surroundings can be enjoyed, which is also shown to help reduce stress and anxiety. You will also meet likeminded people on the course and hopefully create new relationships and friendships.