Playing golf has
physical and mental health benefits for people of all ages, genders and
Pooling data from
5,000 studies it found the sport is likely to boost cardiovascular, respiratory
and metabolic health - a range of factors linked to the risk of high blood
pressure, diabetes and obesity.
‘Golfers typically burn a minimum of 500 calories over 18 holes, walking four to eight miles.’
published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine
playing golf could also help patients with heart disease, type 2 diabetes,
bowel and breast cancer and stroke.
benefits of the game increase with age with balance and muscle endurance in
older people improved by playing the sport.
A regular round can
help players meet and exceed minimum government recommendations for moderate to
vigorous physical activity - at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity such as
cycling or fast walking every week.
The study found that
golfers typically burn a minimum of 500 calories over 18 holes, walking four to
eight miles. Those using an electric golf cart typically chalk up four
to sunshine and fresh air were found to be additional benefits.
The physical aspects
of golf could also help reduce the risk of anxiety, depression and Alzheimer's
disease, said the researchers.
Dr Andrew Murray, of
the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre at Edinburgh University, said:
"We know the moderate physical activity that golf provides increases life
expectancy, has mental health benefits and can help prevent and treat more than
40 major chronic diseases such as heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, breast and
suggests golfers live longer than non-golfers, enjoying improvements in
cholesterol levels, body composition, wellness, self-esteem and
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."