Out on the golf courseStanding with the golf clubs on your shoulder, you look out at the beautiful course while feeling the breeze rustling through your hair and the fresh scent of the great outdoors rushing over your face. As you watch the humming golf carts streaming past in single file, you place your bag onto your trolley and head out on foot to the first tee. You will let your feet make their own path across the greens and fairways throughout the 18 holes you play as you try to improve both your golf experience as well as your health.

Walking Golf Gaining Ground as a Way to Health

When most people think about golf, they don't see it as a very active sport because a person is always stopping periodically to take a swing and to line up the shot. Yet walking golf has proven to be a great way for a person to stay physically healthy. It is estimated that a golfer can burn up to 2,000 calories while walking all 18 holes, depending on the length of the course and how well you play -- as experienced golfers may walk less because they are making more accurate shots. In fact, you could effectively walk 4-5 miles every time you play a golf game. It's been proven time and time again that walking is good for your health. From young children to adults, everyone can gain a range of health benefits such as increased mobility, flexibility and improving the circulation to strengthen the heart. People everywhere will strap on pedometers to measure the number of footsteps they make when they are walking around the house and running errands. Walking the golf course is the same, as going out there 3 times a week would be the same as engaging in an aerobic exercise.

Consider Your Own Physical Needs When Doing Walking Golf

Just like any vigorous sport or exercise, keep in mind your own physical limitations and capabilities. If you have problems carrying a heavy golf bag on your shoulder, then consider using an electric trolley or remote-controlled caddy to hold your bags when going along the course. You can also use a golf cart partially along the course. Very young and very old golfers may have problems walking all 18 courses, as you may want to only walk 9 holes or take breaks while walking without holding up any other golfers who want to partake in the game. Walking golf gives you a wide range of benefits for both your health and your golf game. Get into shape and enjoy the scenery more as you get your feet walking across the grass to your next hole.
January 20, 2016 — Natalie Montoya

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