Golf is an excellent sport to take on to keep you healthy. A golfer who plays once a week is walking between four to eight miles regularly. Walking this distance with a little tempo will leave you slightly out of breath and it might work up a little bit of a sweat. This kind of exercise is great for your heart. In addition to lowering harmful cholesterol, it also helps speed up your metabolism, making weight loss easier. If you pull your golf clubs or carry them, you’ll burn even more calories each round and benefit even more.

Thus let’s take a closer look at other benefits of playing golf regularly

  • Increase in life expectancy

Medical University Karolinska Institute in Sweden has conducted a study in order to research the health benefits of golf as a low intensity form of exercise (published in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 2008). Over 300,000 golf lovers to part in the study. Researchers found that the death rate for golfers was 40 per cent lower than for other people of the same sex, age and socioeconomic status, which correspond to a 5 year increase in life expectancy. Golfers with a low handicap were the healthiest. Researchers concluded that this is due to the fact that maintaining a low handicap involves playing golf a lot.

Golf is an outdoor game and it is mostly played during the warmer season. Our bodies produce vitamin D when exposed to sun. This vitamin is essential for strong bones; it regulates the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the blood. It also helps you sleep better and with fewer interruptions.

  • Helps to prevent Alzheimer

Studies have shown that new brain cells are created and more oxygen is pumped to the brain when you are active in some kind of aerobic exercise. Playing golf helps your coordination, concentration, visualization, estimation, strategy planning. Mentally stimulating your brain is also believed to help prevent Alzheimer.

  • Increase in self-esteem and happiness

Even thou you can play by yourself golf is really a social sport. Spending time with people who enjoy the same thing as we do helps to increase ones self-esteem and feeling of happiness.

On that note, lets encourage our wives/husbands, children and friends to play this beautiful game; and let’s stay healthy together!

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