UK Golf News    22nd Jun, 2022 by

Study: Speeding up play could increase your life expectancy

University researchers find brisk walking could add 20 years

As if avoiding slow play wasn’t reason enough, a study has discovered there is another reason to move a little faster round the golf course.

Researchers from the University of Leicester surveyed more than 400,000 adults in the UK, and found that just 10 minutes of brisk walking per day can lead to dramatically-increased life expectancy.

In fact, brisk walkers could have up to 20 years longer than slow walkers.

That means that playing golf quicker could allow you more time to play in the long-run.

“Whilst we have previously shown that walking pace is a very strong predictor of health status, we have not been able to confirm that adopting a brisk walking pace actually causes better health,” said Tom Yates, senior author of the study and a professor of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health at the University of Leicester.

“In this study we used information contained in people’s genetic profile to show that a faster walking pace is indeed likely to lead to a younger biological age as measured by telomeres.”

The study was welcomed by Thomas Reiter, owner of trolley manufacturer BIG MAX, who led his brand’s global Walk, Play Golf campaign.

“There’s a growing bank of evidence showing that playing golf, and particularly walking the course, has a positive impact on physical, social and mental health,” Reiter said.

“But to see that brisk walking between shots can add so significantly to a golfer’s life expectancy and speed up play, is a double win for the game.

“BIG MAX has long argued that walking the course is beneficial to health, social interaction and performance.

“That we can now officially add life expectancy to the list can only be a fantastic thing for getting more people walking the course and improving the pace of the game.”




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