Golf "prolongs life" say Swedes

Published 05/07/2008 12:40:33

Rather than simply a good walk spoiled, golf can help you live longer according to research from Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet. Findings claim the death rate amongst golfers is around 40% lower than non-golfers in the same demographic. This equates to around five years more life, and better still, the effect is greater golfers with a low handicap. Now there's an incentive to get some lessons.


The study was conducted by Professor Anders Ahlbom, assisted by Bahman Farahm.They believe there are several facets to the game that are conducive to living longer and being healthier generally.


"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," he says. "People play golf into old age, and there are also positive social and psychological aspects to the game that can be of help."


So next time you get nagged for spending all your time on the course, just drop a gentle reminder that you're thinking of the big picture!



B. Farahmand, G. Broman, U. De Faire, D. Vågerö & A. Ahlbom

Golf: a game of life and death. Reduced mortality in Swedish golf players

Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, 30 May 2008



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