There are many benefits to playing golf, not the least of which is being outside breathing clean air and taking part in a physical activity for four hours on a beautiful day. While nobody is going to confuse playing golf with having the exercise value of playing basketball or running, it is a beneficial physical activity made even more beneficial when the player walks 18 holes instead of taking a cart.
Physical exercise. The greatest physical benefit to playing golf is getting exercise from walking. Walking for 18 holes is often the equivalent of walking 3-to-4 miles. This gets the golfer's heart going and blood pumping. It is a stimulating if not rigorous activity. Golfer who play three or four times a week are getting quite a bit of exercise.
Live longer. A Swedish study on the health benefits of golf has found that people who play the game on a regular basis have a 40% decreased mortality rate among their peers which equals a 5 year increase in life expectancy. Unfortunately, their scores typically get worse which means that their final years are filled with misery and frustration.
Sleep better. Getting regular daytime exercise such as playing golf often means a person will fall asleep faster and remain in a deep sleep for a longer period of time. Unfortunately, a golfer achieves this sleep in the middle of the afternoon because he typically tees off at 5:30 AM.
“It allows you to maintain a channel of activity to be passionate about,” Rosella said. “I believe personally that having passions in life outside your core profession is healthy. Golf provides a non-professional channel for me that I can be focused on that makes me happy, relaxed and a more balanced person.”
Strengthens the bladder. This one is a bit surprising but it certainly deserves noting. Those frequent visits to your friendly course beer-cart girl can give your bladder a run for time. The longer you learn to hold it, the more you strengthen the capacity of your bladder. And, as noted by some women golfers, it’s also an effective way to strengthen leg muscles, especially in the quadriceps. Those crouching maneuvers used by those who can’t “hold it” are a unique way of doing leg exercises.
So go and take this sport as an exercise. It's good to be outdoors once in a while!
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