People who play golf live longer, according to international research …
(NICOLE HOGAN, THE WEST AUSTRALIAN) Scientists in Scotland claim the sport is likely to increase life expectancy, help chronic diseases and improve mental health.
The researchers reviewed 5,000 studies into golf and found it had physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages. And even better, they found the physical gains increased with age so it’s literally never too late to start.
The study reveals balance and muscle endurance in people over 50 is improved by playing the sport and it is also likely to improve cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic health.
The study found golfers typically burn 500 calories over 18 holes, and those walking the course could cover three to seven miles.
Dr Andrew Murray from Edinburgh University said: “We know that the moderate physical activity that golf increases life expectancy, has mental health benefits and can help prevent and treat more than 40 major chronic diseases such as heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer.
“Evidence suggests golfers live longer than non-golfers, enjoying improvements in cholesterol levels, body composition, wellness, self-esteem and self-worth.”
Dr Donald Kuah of Sydney Sports Med Specialists says the health benefits of playing golf are vast.