Golf might take a long time to play, but evidence suggests it can help you live longer, according to new research.
Playing golf can help prevent chronic diseases, improve mental health and increase life expectancy, University of Edinburgh researchers who reviewed 5,000 studies into golf and well-being found in a study published Thursday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
“Evidence suggests golfers live longer than non-golfers, enjoying improvements in cholesterol levels, body composition, wellness, self-esteem and self-worth,” said Dr. Andrew Murray, the lead researcher from the university’s physical activity for health research center. “Given that the sport can be played by the very young to the very old, this demonstrates a wide variety of health benefits for people of all ages.”
Murray also observed that one study in Sweden found that regular golfers lived an average of five years longer than non-golfers.
So golf has that going for it. Which is nice.
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