There are various health benefits to the game of golf from stress reduction (playing a round is scientifically proven to releases endorphins), to improving vision (with each swing sharpening the keenness of your vision).
However a ground-breaking new discovery can give you that extra excuse to hit the greens. Namely improved mortality. A Swedish Study in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports concluded that golf just may affect life expectancy. According to the publication, of those who play golf regularly, there was a 40% decrease in mortality rates. That’s an increase of a 5-year life expectancy.
Exercising for just 30 minutes each day can help you lower your blood pressure by up to 5-7 points with endurance sports such as golf doing so on an even greater scale and also lowering the risks of getting heart disease. Furthermore, because golf stimulates blood circulation with one’s brain, research has suggested that it helps improve nerve cell connections, and may actually delay dementia onset.
Every time you finish a round and wonder just how many chocolate bars you can reward yourself with? Well here is a breakdown of approximate calories burnt. A difference in course size will of course affect the results:
- Players who travel the course using pull-carts actually burn 718 calories on average.
- Golfers who walk the course, but have caddies carry their bags burn 613 calories on average.
- Golf players who carry their bags while walking the course burn 721 calories on average.
- Those who ride in golf carts throughout the game still burn an average of 411 calories.
Just another reason for us ladies to get swinging – and stay swinging!
By Mikaela Oosthuizen
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