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A recent study by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has found that playing golf prolongs life.
The study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science, based on data from 30,000 Swedish Golfers in 2008 found that those that played golf on a regular basis had 40% lower death rate than those people of the same sex, age and socioeconomic status, which equated to a five year increase in life expectancy.
For obvious reasons those with a lower handicap were the most healthy. Generally these golfers play far more regularly and therefore feel the benefits more.
A round of golf means being outside for four or five hours, walking at a fast pace for six to seven kilometers, which is known to be good for the health. People play golf into old age, and there are also positive social and psychological aspects to the game that can be of help." Said Professor Anders Ahlbom, who led the study.
Golf provides a low intensity workout, in beautiful outdoor surroundings which can be enjoyed by men, women and children of all ages.
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