All of us at Big Brain Place play golf. None of us is very good, but we still play. And we don’t think of it as much exercise, particularly if we ride in golf carts. But…
Adnan Qureshi, MD, Professor of Neurology at the University of Missouri, led a study of golfers vs. non-golfers. The research tracked 5,900 participants closely for 10 years, with annual follow ups thereafter. Golfers had a significantly lower death rate than non-golfers.
From Dr. Qureshi: Regular exercise, exposure to a less-polluted environment and social interactions provided by golf are all positive for health. Link here.
Grab your sticks.
Bowling and Slow Dancing
Different, but related findings came from a study of 77,000+ women over the period of 1998-2015. The study was conducted by Michael L LaMonte, PhD, MPH from the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the State University of NY, Jean Wactawski-Wendi of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Joseph C. Larson, MS, Department of Medicine, Cal Davis, Rebecca D. Jackson, MD, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, The Ohio State University et al. They found that regular light exercise such as bowling, slow dancing and golf were associated with an 18% reduction in hip fracture and a 13% lower risk of spine fracture.
Even if we’re still restricted to home, we can dance. And golf is allowed most places now. And some bowling allies are back in business. Did you put on that now-infamous Covid-19? Time to start working it off. Link to the research here.
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