2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open – Watching the Health Benefits of Golf Rack Up
It is not just the golfers competing in the 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open that are benefiting from being at a golf event – the spectators will also be racking up the health brownie-points as they watch the best female golfers in the world…
Golf is potentially a unique sport in that those spectating at a golf tournament or event will likely smash through the often recommended daily 10,000 steps, walking in excess of 4 miles.
This year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open is supporting the health benefits of golf spectating through implementing a ‘Red Route’ that provides spectators not only with the best view to follow their favourite golfers, but also an approx. 6km walking route that will help them surpass their daily goals.
As well as providing the route, signage both on the golf-course and in the spectator zones provides information on how their day at the golf can benefit their health, and how golf in general could help them live longer and healthier lives, mirroring the activity that took place at Carnoustie for the 147thOpen Championship in the men’s game a few weeks prior.
Spectator health benefits form part of the overall Golf & Health Project’s goal of researching and providing information about the wide variety of ways that golf can benefit your physical and mental health.
Previous research has found that during the 2012 Ryder cup spectators collectively walked 4 times around the world. Whilst a recent study at the 2016 Paul Lawrie Match Play event demonstrated that spectators walked on average 11,589 steps with 82.9% of spectators achieving the daily physical activity recommendations.
Achieving these goals on a regular basis is associated with a number of physical and mental health benefits including 35% reduction in cardiovascular disease, 40% reduction in type 2 diabetes, 30% reduction colon cancer, 30% reduction in depression and dementia.
So there’s plenty of reasons to get to the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes, UK, this year – see the best female golfers on the planet competing on one of the Top-100 golf courses on earth, all while gaining many of the same health benefits as the players.
For more information and to buy tickets for the RICOH Women’s British Open, visit www.ricohwomensbritishopen.com.