Golf makes you live longer

How a round of golf could add five years to your life

Playing regular rounds of golf could add five years to your life, researchers have found.

Despite the sport being more often associated with men and women of a certain age, health practitioners are urging more young people to take up the game after it was discovered that golfers are 40% less likely to die at any age than those who don’t play.

And if you’re actually good at it, you’re even less likely to die: 47% less likely in fact, for those with a low handicap.

‘A round of golf means being outside for four or five hours, walking at a fast pace for six to seven kilometres, something which is known to be good for the health,’ explains Anders Ahlbom, who led the study at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

‘Maintaining a low handicap involves playing a lot, so this supports the idea that it is largely the game itself that is good for the health.’

But it’s not just walking around a course that is good for the heart, the social aspect of the game is also commended.

‘People play golf into old age, and there are also positive social and psychological aspects to the game that can be of help,’ adds Professor Ahlbom.

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