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Playing golf could help seniors live longer, study says

The sport is relaxed and low-impact, making it a great choice for exercise as golfers age

Playing golf is a great way for seniors to get exercise.
Playing golf is a great way for seniors to get exercise, a new study reports.
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The results of a new study found that playing golf once a month reduces older adults’ probability of early death, CNN reports.

The study, published Feb. 12 by the American Heart Association, was conducted by the Zeenat Qureshi Stroke Institute. Researchers at the institute analyzed findings from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Cardiovascular Health Study, and found a clear link between regularly playing golf and reduced death rates.

The study took data from nearly 5,900 American adults over the age of 65 for 10 years, and found those who played golf at least once a month had a more than 8% lower risk of death than those who didn’t, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Of course, it is also welcome news for the rest of the 25 million golfers in the United States, reports Science Daily.

Golf is a particularly appealing option for exercise as people get older because it has a social nature and stable pace, making it easy for individuals to maintain interest and motivation, the study’s main author, Dr. Adnan Qureshi, told CNN.

“While walking and low intensity jogging may be comparable exercise, they lack the competitive excitement of golf,” Qureshi said. “Regular exercise, exposure to a less polluted environment and social interactions provided by golf are all positive for health.”

The findings might be a welcome breakthrough for President Donald Trump, who has visited golf clubs 246 times — approximately 6.6 times per month — since he was sworn in as president on Jan. 20, 2017, according to TrumpGolfCount.com.