According to a study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, golf can correspond to a five-year increase in life expectancy. The study is based on data from 300,000 Swedish golfers.
The death rate among golfers is 40% lower than the rest of the population, which equates to five extra years. Cited reasons for the health benefits include being outdoors for four to five hours, walking at a fast pace (i.e., get out of your carts), playing into an old age, and experiencing positive social and psychological aspects of the game.
Here's more good news: Have a low handicap and you'll have the lowest death rate!
Next time your boss, spouse, or friend, complains about your playing golf, you now know what to say: I'm following Dr.'s orders!
Go out and add to your life expectancy this weekend!!