Get Into Golf: Why Golfers Live Longer
Playing a relaxing round of golf is not only a great way to pass the time, but did you know that it also adds years to your life? The average golfer will walk between four and eight miles on a regular 18-hole course. Depending on a golfer’s personal routine and whether they walk, carry their clubs, or ride in a cart, they can burn anywhere from 200-500 calories per round! Plus, being in the outer elements and getting a little extra Vitamin D is also quite beneficial— as long as you have proper sun protection.
According to the Swedish Golf Federation, a group consisting of over 600,000 members, golfers live longer than non-golfers of the same age by an astounding 40 percent! Since membership to the Swedish Golf Federation is required for playing just about anywhere in Sweden, these studies include almost all of Sweden’s golfers. Sweden also maintains a record of all the deaths that have occurred in their county for the past several decades, which gives them a large sampling of data to compare for this claim.
Playing a round of golf is a very safe non-contact sport that can be a great challenge, but is still easy enough to play for all ages. In addition to being a great source of exercise, golf is a fantastic way to stay sharp as you compete against yourself from one hole to the next, and a good way to stay limber. As you get older, it’s much easier to get around if you stay mobile and keep your muscles moving. Additionally, driving or swinging away at a ball all afternoon is a remarkably great stress reliever and helps to retain balance and flexibility.
Other studies on why golfers live longer have shown that the benefits of playing this sport aren’t just physical. The stress relief and sense of self-worth that is offered by frequent golf is also said to reduce anxiety, depression, and dementia in seniors. Golf is a sport that requires patience and longevity as you practice and work to continue improving your game. So it’s no surprise that the more you golf, the more longevity you will have both on the green and in life!
So what are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor by booking a tee time at the Oaks Course today to enjoy both the immediate and the lasting benefits of playing a round of 18 holes. Or call the Pro Shop today to ask about becoming an annual Oaks Course member, or a member of the Oaks Senior Golf Association. You won’t regret it!