A recent study in Australia found that golfers live 8 percent longer than non-golfers. Which are good news to golfers and authorities alike in these coronavirus times …
The study was carried out by the Zeenat Qureshi Stroke Institute, which has looked at 5,900 people over the age of 65 who had yearly clinical exams and visits every six months.
“Due to its social nature and controlled pace, people often maintain motivation and the ability to continue playing the sport even in older age and after suffering heart attack or stroke,” the study’s author Zeenat Qureshi said in an article published by Golf Monthly.
“Regular exercise provided by golf are positive for health”
“While walking and low intensity jogging may be comparable exercise, they lack the competitive excitement of golf. Regular exercise, exposure to a less polluted environment and social interactions provided by golf are all positive for health.”
Qureshi also said that, whilst golf hasn’t been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack or strokes, it can be used as a protective factor against early death risk.
“Regular exercise, exposure to a less polluted environment and social interactions provided by golf are all positive for health,” Qureshi said.
An average 18-hole round of golf sees players walk over 10 kilometers and a 9-hole round burns over 700 calories.
This can be seen as more good news for golfers after an England Golf survey showed that the game can save local authorities millions due to the health benefits.