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Golf may be “a good walk, spoiled,” but at least it doesn’t spoil your life expectancy. In fact, a new study finds that heavy cardio sports like cycling and rowing do nothing to help you live longer than playing golf or cricket, reports the Wall Street Journal. Researchers looked at mortality rates in 9,889 Olympic athletes who completed from 1896 to 1936 in 43 types of sports, and surprisingly found that those who competed in intense activities did not live any longer than those who curled, shot guns, played cricket, or golfed. “Engaging in cycling and rowing (high cardiovascular intensity) had no added survival benefit compared with playing golf or cricket (low cardiovascular intensity),” says the study.

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  1. persecutor

    December 16th, 2012

    So I guess Dear Leader is going to live to be a thousand?
    Pardon me while I puke.

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  2. MM

    December 16th, 2012

    On my off day from lifting, I like to swim. About a 1/2 mile at a pretty good clip and I’ll tell you, when I get out, I’m flooded with endorphins. Kinda like floating, very cool. Ain’t looking for longevity, just want to keep the blood flowing.

    Even a tough 3 set tennis match doesn’t give me that feeling much less, I imagine, a round of golf.

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  3. Maudie N Mandeville

    December 16th, 2012

    This is nonsensical. Olympic athletes who once competed in no way guarantees they don’t have an ass as large as Moochelle’s today or do anything related to exercise. Golfers usually continue playing bc it takes no effort and they can trick their minds into thinking they’re getting exercise like a fat shopper who walks around WalMart three times a week. I would venture the old cusses who do a 30 minute medium cardio three times a week are in better shape than the golfer and it’s more difficult to drink a beer on an Elliptical than sitting in a golf cart. Aside from your genes, who lives longer probably has less to do with exercise specifically than with an overall healthy lifestyle in general. I also don’t believe you lose much if any weight from exercise. Any other questions, I’m right here.

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  4. Ricky

    December 16th, 2012

    After 18 holes of golf..Obummer was seen dabbing his eyes, I didn’t see evidence of any tears. Though he may have felt badly about the children, inside he may have been happy that this incident will help further his disarmament agenda. An unarmed society is easier to push around.

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  5. Aunt Liz

    December 16th, 2012

    Hey, hey, hey – please let’s not bash golf just because Obumbles enjoys it! If one is playing a quick round, walking with a pull cart, you can get some serious exercise – especially if the course is hilly. Plus, golf, very much being a mental game gives one’s brain a workout too.

    Now if you’re just riding around in a cart, that’s another story.

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  6. Maudie N Mandeville

    December 16th, 2012

    Aunt Liz: I’m not bashing. As I mentioned, you can get the same amount of exercise from golf as the fat spandex lady at WalMart. And a pull cart almost as good as an electric if you have an insulated cooler sling for your beer.

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  7. BWSEATTLE

    December 16th, 2012

    You know how Neil Armstrong felt about exercise?
    He thought it was pointless. Buzz Aldrin asked him why back before they went to the moon. Armstrong said he believed “when you’re born, you have a set ammount of heartbeats to last your lifetime. So, why use them up needlessly on boring exercise?”.
    Heheheheh. True!

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  8. norman einstein

    December 16th, 2012

    Gimme a freaking break…
    “Researchers looked at mortality rates in 9,889 Olympic athletes who completed from 1896 to 1936…”
    And where are they NOW? They’re all DEAD!

    @MM, swimming is great. Three times a week, I do at least 3/4 mile. I love the water, so it doesn’t seem like a workout to me. And I find as long as I do it, I can eat and drink whatever I like.

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  9. Ten Megaton

    December 16th, 2012

    I bet I could throw all my clubs out but the putter and still wax Oblome’s ass.

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  10. Johnny Freedom

    December 16th, 2012

    People who play golf are already off heir asses and breathing fresh air… I think that’s 99% of the battle.

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  11. Ten Megaton

    December 16th, 2012

    And I don’t play golf……anymore.

    To busy paying for the freeloaders, taxes, and trying to keep eating.

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  12. BigFurHat

    December 16th, 2012

    But here’s the rub – most chumps think “golf cart” when they think of golf.
    That’s not golf. That’s bullshit.
    Walking is golf.
    Carrying your own bag is golf.

    Playing on a course with no waiting between holes is golf.

    Golf under those conditions, the proper ones, is as good a workout as you can get.

    People are just doing it wrong.

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  13. BigFurHat

    December 16th, 2012

    Yes, I have a friend George who has the best line about “golf not being exercise.”

    “Compared to what? Me sitting at home watching golf on the Tee Vee?”

    His point being, it’s 4 1/2 hours of walking and not eating.

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  14. Mark Zist

    December 16th, 2012

    1936 Olympians probably trained less than todays average soccer mom.

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  15. Aunt Liz

    December 16th, 2012

    Fur, you shame me. I like my handy dandy pull cart, but (sigh) you are right. It’s best to carry one’s own bag for optimization of exercise.

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  16. BigFurHat

    December 16th, 2012

    Pull cart is………..

    perfectly acceptable. And I respect the pull cart golfer.

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  17. MM

    December 16th, 2012

    I used to caddy when I was in my early teens and saw a lot of frustration-turned me off to ever taking up the game-it was a pretty exclusive course and was closed on Mondays for maintenance and they’d let the caddies play.

    The only time I ever played I pared a par 5 hole! I thought I’d quit while I was ahead.

    Yeah, swimming is grand ain’t it Norman? When I lived in Denver and swam, the pool at the Y was pristine, here in Canon….ahhh, not so pristine. The worst is when it’s on the warm side, I like goose bumps for the first half dozen laps.

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  18. Jethro

    December 16th, 2012

    I worked as a groundsman at a country club when I was in college. What I saw on the links was NOT exercise. It was a pastime/hobby/entertainment/excuse to drink.
    Please excuse my dislike of golf. It is based on years of watching useless idiots at my company continue to move up the ladder because they kiss ass on the golf course as they run the company into the ground…

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  19. norman einstein

    December 16th, 2012

    @MM, I swim at the ‘Y’, too, and mine is pristine.
    I honestly don’t notice the water temperature much…I’m always sweating by the time I get out, anyway.

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  20. Maudie N Mandeville

    December 16th, 2012

    Here’s one chart that allegedly shows how many calories certain sports/exercises burn. Every move you make burns calories, even reaching for the potato chips (bird watching-200 calories). I guess you can make of it what you want.

    Fur, you might want to take up Hopscotch as compared to golf.

    http://www.nutristrategy.com/activitylist.htm

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  21. Aunt Liz

    December 16th, 2012

    Thanks Fur! My self esteem is back on keel! ;)

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  22. BigFurHat

    December 16th, 2012

    Maudie,

    First of all, golf, walking and carrying, stacks up pretty well with those other activities.
    But it’s not about burning calories, because serious golfers, ones who put in practice and play 3 or 4 rounds a week, are not the jackasses you see clogging up the links with their Greg Norman hats, with fat bellies and shorts with white knee socks. Serious golf bums are pretty fit from their regimen.

    Golf, like any other passion, is about the mental well-being it brings by doing something you enjoy.
    Golfers tend to live very long, happy, healthy lives, as do artists who do nothing but spend a lifetime sitting in front of their paintings.

    Exercise is overrated when compared to pure passion.
    If something gets you up every day, looking forward to that day, that’s enough to live a long life providing you are in relatively decent shape.

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  23. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    December 16th, 2012

    I walk 5 miles per week. It’s free.
    Well, unless I stop at Kohls. Or a restaurant. Or Pottery Barn…You get the idea. lol

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