Golfing Increases Life Expectancy by 5 Years Sat, 07 Sep 2013 12:17 PM by Maura Hutchinson In 2008 a Swedish study found that golfers had a 40% lower death rate than others in the same age, sex and socio-economic bracket. Equating to a 5-year increase in life expectancy. The charity Heart Research UK is now joining the pro-golf bandwagon urging the public to take up golf as a healthy and fun approach to preventing heart disease. Great news for those of us who love nothing more than to unwind on the greens, proving a luxurious pastime can actually be beneficial to your health. With your average round of golf taking anywhere from 3-4 hours, players reap the benefits of a low-impact workout that allows them to relax with friends while also catching some fresh air and stocking up on vital vitamin D reserves. But don’t get yourself over excited just yet. Heart Research UK is quick to point out that the positive health advantages of the game can be easily negated if golfers begin to enjoy themselves a little too much during an outing. Stating, “Golfers need to get the balance right – a full English breakfast, heavy lunch or several drinks at the clubhouse could undo all the benefits gained from your round.” Well, guess we can’t have everything!