5 Reasons Seniors Should Golf

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golfIf winter has taken a toll on your mood (and your waistline), and you can’t wait to get back on the golf course, you probably appreciate the fitness benefits of the game of golf.

On the other hand, if golf is something you’ve considered but haven’t had the motivation to try – read on. I’ve got five fantastic reasons for seniors to get into the game and I’ll share them here with you!

Walking – the best exercise

Being on the golf course for four hours is comparable to a 45-minute aerobics class (according to Golf Science International) provided you opt out of renting a cart. On courses where using the cart is not optional, consider having your partner drive while you walk the fairway.

Another option is to ride only on the cart path and walk to and from each hole. You may feel a little stiff at first while you’re building up endurance so try walking between alternating holes – that way at the end of the day you’ve still walked nine.

Stay fit for longer life

Minus the cart, a day on the golf course will build cardiovascular endurance. One day per week spent golfing translates to between four and eight miles of walking.

Walking equals cardio activity and that means improved heart and lung health, lower cholesterol levels, reduced overall body fat, increased flexibility and improved muscle tone.

There’s more but I’m sure you’re getting the idea! The bottom line is that fitness and good health go a long way toward a longer and more satisfying life.

Weight bearing exercise builds strong bones

As you get further into golf season and rebuild your endurance after a long relaxed winter, the weight bearing exercise you’ll be doing as you carry your golf bag will help strengthen your bones.

Try using a double strap bag to balance the weight and be careful not to strain your back. Working to build strong bones is important for both men and women in reducing the risk of osteoporosis, the condition in which bones become porous, brittle and fragile due to loss of bone density.

Decrease stress levels

Wonder why you feel so good after a day on the golf course? While you’re playing, endorphins – the feel-good hormones, are being released into the bloodstream providing you with a feeling of reduced stress, decreased pain and elevated mood.

If you looked forward to a weekend golf game after the weekly nine-to-five of your career years, you probably now appreciate the same anticipation as you continue to golf during your retirement years.

Stay active golfing with your grandkids

The sport of golf crosses all generational lines: dads and sons, moms and daughters, grandparents and grandkids, your partner can be any age. Imagine a day without the distractions of work, television or video games and only the sunshine, the green grass and lots of conversation. The mention of green grass reminds me to remind you not to forget the mosquito spray!

Increased alertness

As you think ahead to your next day on the course, you’ll be setting new goals and striving to improve every aspect of your game. I started off with five benefits but working on improving combined with focusing and concentrating as you play, translates to improved mental alertness so that makes six!

I hope you are as motivated as I am to get back out there and spend a day with a friend or loved one on the golf course and experience for yourself the benefits to body and mind and your overall good health.

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This article was written by Alice Lucette, a blogger from Canada. Alice writes for SeniorsZen.com – a free resource for finding local senior housing in Canada.

Image by kevin dooley of Flickr

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