Why Seniors should play Golf
Since you are here, you already know that Golf is a wonderful game. It is an excellent way to keep active and in good health. Golf is one of the few sports that can be played by people of all generations on a level playing field. Our handicap system and relaxed rules allows members, regardless of their age, to compete in a meaningful way.
As seniors, we have more time to pursue hobbies. So why should we devote time on the Golf course? Simply put, a round of golf has many benefits. We need good health, good friends and exercise to live long and happy life.
A day on the links will give your heart and lungs a good workout. It also improves blood circulation and strengthens the knees, reducing the risk of knee problems. The constant twisting and swinging also helps to keep our muscles flexible and bodies limber. Surprisingly, playing a eighteen-hole course burns almost 1,500 calories.
Playing in the great outdoors, exposes us to sunlight. This exposure triggers cells in your skin to produce Vitamin D which is essential for bone health and fightes depression, heart disease, diabetes and just about everything. For more information, click here.
Spending time on the golf course increases life expectancy. A study analysing mortality rates of Swedish golf players estimated the death rate for golfers is 40 percent lower when compared to the general population. This equates to a 5-year increase in life expectancy for regular golfers.
Friendships improves our prospects for good health and longevity. Conversely, it has been shown that loneliness and lack of social support are linked to an increased risk of heart disease, viral infections, and cancer as well as higher mortality rates. Some research considers friendship to be a "social vaccine" that enhances both our physical and mental health. What better way to make new friends and enhance old relationships than a friendly round of golf.
Golf is a great way to alleviate stress. Spending time outdoors in a calm, tranquil and beautiful surrounding, and interacting with friends is a great way to forget your troubles. We have adopted the "relaxed rules" and modified "tee it forward" (two tee groups) to make the game more fun and less stressful.
As we get older, we need to practice our concentration powers and mental sharpness. Golf requires us to focus on setup, swing, distance calculation, club selection and obstacle avoidance.
Science indicates close friendships can actually affect and protect our mental health. A game of golf with friends is fun and relaxing. It is also great way to make new friends.
Come join us - and bring a friend!