Are bad habits cut­ting your golf life short?

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Golf Digest -

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e all know golfers whose habits are, shall we say, less than 100 per­cent healthy. You might even be one.To that we say, it’s a free coun­try. But have you ever thought about how many rounds these vices might be cost­ing you? – Keely Levins

W▶ how we ar­rived at these num­bers: The Na­tional Golf Foun­da­tion says core golfers play an av­er­age of 34 rounds a year. 1. Non­smok­ers live 10 years longer than smok­ers, says the Cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol. 2. A 2012 Har­vard study found 75 min­utes of “brisk” walk­ing a week adds 1.8 years to your life. 3. A 2012 Univer­sity of Cam­bridge study shows ev­ery drink af­ter the first drink takes 15 min­utes off your life. If you drink four beers per round, that’s 136 beers a year, or 102 beers af­ter the first one. That works out to 25.5 hours, or 6.4 four-hour rounds, ev­ery year. 4. The Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal On­col­ogy found that sun­screen pre­vented melanoma at a rate of 50 to 73 per­cent. Melanoma has been shown to cut 18 to 20 years off life ex­pectancy. 5. A 2010 Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton study found healthy eaters in one Texas com­mu­nity lived seven years longer than un­healthy eaters.

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