3 Reasons Why Golfers Live Longer
As if you need any reason to golf more often! Golfers live longer lives and have better physical health. We all know that golfing is good for us but did you know that it can actually extend the length and quality of your life?
Three reasons why golfers live longer:
- Golfers are often in better physical shape than their non-golfing friends! The physical benefits of golf are numerous, it offers moderate to intense activity that helps to decrease the risk of chronic diseases and improve other risk factors for diseases. Scientists say, “…those that play golf live five times longer than those who don’t.”
- Golfing promotes a healthy mind. Golf is a great workout but it offers much more than a physical benefits it also engages your mind, encouraging psychological benefits including decreased depression, anxiety and dementia. You know what they say, “use it or lose it!”
- Golfing is a great was to socialize and pastime. One seldom golfs alone, even if you are on your own, you can usually find someone to golf with. You never know who you might meet, but one thing you can be sure of is that you will share a passion for the sport. Golfing has been shown to provide benefits such as increased confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.
Golf is great for our physical and emotional well-being. During an 18-hole round, a player will have an average heart rate of 100 beats per minute over a two to five hour period; the perfect kind of cardiovascular exercise to stimulate the brain and reduce stress – while also improving vision and sleep! Playing golf can even help you live longer; a Swedish study found that retired golfers have a 40% lower death rate.
Golf is also a very social sport – in an increasingly technology-driven world, many people are feeling less connected – and golf provides a perfect remedy; an opportunity to meet people, interact with friends, foster relationships and most of all, have fun outdoors!
“Evidence suggests golfers live longer than non-golfers, enjoying improvements in cholesterol levels, body composition, wellness, self-esteem and self-worth.”
It’s as simple as one, two, three… play more golf and you’ll live longer!