Once you’re out of the rat race and into retirement age and you’ve done all the jobs around the house that you’d been putting off for years, it’s easy to become bored and wonder what to do with your time. In this blog we discuss the difference a regular round of golf can make to your health and also your social life.
Recommended Exercise For Adults Aged 65 +
It’s a well known fact that golf keeps you fit and healthy, and it’s also a great form of exercise to keep those in their twilight years more active. Vets golf is very popular and we quite often see golfers in their 70′s, 80′s and even 90′s playing a round or two a week. According to the NHS website, golf covers all the muscle groups and they recommend;
Older adults aged 65 or older, who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their mobility, should try to be active daily and should do:
- At least 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) of moderate intensity aerobic activity such as cycling or fast walking every week and,
- Muscle strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).
- 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity such as running or a game of singles tennis every week and,
- Muscle strengthening activities (as above).
Golf is also great for those looking for a way to keep on top of their health without the monotony of the gym! You end up so focussed on beating your best/previous score or your playing partner/s, that you forget about how much good it’s doing your body in the meantime.
Don’t forget that golf is also a strategic game and can keep those grey cells active too!
Golf For Retirees
If the thought of walking for 3 hours round a hilly golf course carrying a bag full of clubs doen’t appeal to you, then there are a lot more options to suit you. You can always build up to a course with more hills, but there are always flatter courses, 9 hole courses rather than a full 18.
Playing an average 9 hole course, golfers who walk and carry their own bag burn 721 calories, golfers using a trolley burn 718 calories. Burning 2,500 calories a week can greatly reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, so it’s easy to see how playing more rounds can factor into a healthy lifestyle.
We’ve had many a golfer playing their game on our course here at Llannerch Park after years of playing full courses, as they find it a lot more manageable, yet still challenging enough to be rewarding. Then there’s how you get round; there’s golf buggies for 1 or 2 people and both electric and manual golf trollies to pull your clubs with. All these options can provide you a round of golf to suit your energy/ mobility levels. Even hitting some balls on the Driving range will have you feeling fitter in no time!
As well as the health benefits, there’s also the social side. Unfairly, golf has a stereotype of being snobby and elitist, yet on the whole, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Most golf clubs seem to have a great community of like minded people and always welcome newcomers, so you’re bound to meet a new group of friends to go with your new hobby!
We’ve written this blog to show those who think that getting fit is boring or too strenuous, that there is an enjoyable way to do it without over exerting yourself. If you know someone who would benefit from reading this, then please share it with them and encourage them to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle!
If you have a story of how golf has helped you get in shape, please let us know in the comments below, it’d be great to hear from you!