Arthritis eased with golf

How your favorite game could SAVE your knees

Love golf? You’re hardly alone!

It’s one of the nation’s most popular forms of recreation, especially among members of the older set who aren’t limited to fighting off the weekend crowds for a tee time.

Some 40 percent of the nation’s recreational golfers are over the age of 60. I know some who hit the links four or five times a week.

Must be nice to have that kind of time!

If you’re among America’s 30 million golfers, I’ve got some great news for you today.

It’s not just a fun way to pass the day. And it’s not just a great way to get outside, engage both body and mind, and pass a little time with your friends.

It may also help with something else millions of older Americans have in common.

It can SAVE you KNEES from the damage and pain of arthritis!

I know that it sounds a little too good to be true.

How could all of that wear and tear on the course actually HELP the joint that’s getting used every time you swing the club?

Easy: The joint actually needs a little activity. Like a door hinge that’ll rust and lock in place if it never gets used, your knees can suffer from worsening arthritis if you baby them.

But that also means that there’s a catch here.

You actually have to put your knees to work to get the benefit, and that means not just swinging the club and hopping back into the golf cart.

It’s just the opposite: You need to leave the cart behind.

Some two-thirds of golfers use a cart, but the new study finds that the knee-protecting benefits of this exercise ONLY come if you walk instead.

Keep on your toes, and you won’t just get some vague and hard-to-measure long-term benefit.

You can get IMMEDIATE relief from knee pain!

In the new study, golfers with arthritis who played using carts saw their knee pain levels swell after every round compared to those who walked.

The increase in pain among the walkers was so minimal that the study finds it wasn’t clinically significant.

And while you might think all of that walking would put more strain on the knees in other ways, that’s not true either. In fact, inflammation levels didn’t increase during and right after the game among walkers.

That’s already a good excuse to skip the cart.

Here’s one more: The same study finds that golfers who walk the course get DOUBLE the amount of heart-boosting exercise compared to folks who use a cart.

If that’s still not a good enough reason to keep on your feet, here’s one more: You can save on the rental fees, too. If you golf four or five times a week, that adds up fast.

It might even be enough to pay for one more round.