Golf Is a Top-Notch Aerobic Workout for Delawareans Over 50

It's not just for fun! Retirees and sports enthusiasts alike can turn to golf for a low-impact, weight-bearing fitness option.

Delawareans over age 50 might consider dusting off their golf clubs this season. As flowers come into bloom, budding golfers—many of whom are retirees taking a swing at a new hobby—can seize the opportunity to hit the links for some light exercise, good company and fresh air.

“Golf can be a game changer,” says Mary Reinhardt, a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) teaching professional at Fieldstone Golf Club in Greenville. “It’s a low-impact, weight-bearing, aerobic workout. In other words, it’s kind to your joints, helps to slow bone-density loss and advances heart health.”

Even the simple swing of a club can benefit seniors, says Reinhardt, who has many clients over age 60. “Because the spine, hips and shoulders are integral parts of the golf swing, joint range of motion is always being tested and improved,” she explains. “The glutes and abdominals are constantly engaged, promoting balance and core muscle health.”

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However, benefits extend beyond the number of steps across a course. “Being outside in fresh air and sun provides a flood of endorphins that boost mental health,” Reinhardt adds. “Golf is also a game of imperfection and misses. So, staying mindful and present also helps to develop healthy emotional coping mechanisms.”

Still, playing to win has its advantages. “Many play the game because of the challenge it presents. This keeps the mind engaged in strategy and decision-making that are needed to succeed,” Reinhardt says. “But most importantly, golf for older adults provides community to counteract isolation and loneliness.” Who can beat that?

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